FRIENDSHIP: The Birds of a Feather team have participated every year in the South Burnett Relay for Life.
FRIENDSHIP: The Birds of a Feather team have participated every year in the South Burnett Relay for Life. Barclay White

Birds of a Feather's 10th year with Relay for Life

A GROUP of women has come together to support each other for the past 11 years in Kumbia.

Cancer support group Birds of a Feather has fielded a Relay for Life team ever since it began 10 years ago in the South Burnett.

Group secretary Stephanie Stevens said it started when the ladies saw a need for a more social group to provide support for women who have cancer or have had cancer.

"To date we have raised $55,000 for Relay," Mrs Stevens said.

"We have held the shield a lot of times."

This year the team will hold a debutante ball on top of it other events and fundraisers.

She said the best part about Relay for Life was how many people it brought together.

"I think it's the fact that it brings so many people together who have shared similar stories," she said.

"We celebrate the people who have had cancer and are well, the people who have passed away and educating the wider community that there is hope after cancer."

Mrs Stevens said she enjoyed the friendship about being apart Birds of a Feather.

"I really enjoy the friendship of these extraordinary women," she said.

Mrs Stevens said she welcomed new women into the group.

"Particularly those who have just been diagnosed with cancer. When new ladies come in they are devastated by their diagnosis, when they meet these women they can see there is hope," Mrs Stevens said.

She said the best part of relay was giving hope.

"In their own teams from all walks of life, all working towards the same goal," she said.

"It's a really uplifting journey."

The debutante ball will be on September 11 at the Kumbia Memorial Hall.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students.

There will be dancing and light supper.

Eight debutantes will be on debut.

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