SOLDIERING ON: Diane Gatenby, Jeni Hansen, Rebecca Hauritz, Michelle Murray and Linda Haley ready for Relay for Life.
SOLDIERING ON: Diane Gatenby, Jeni Hansen, Rebecca Hauritz, Michelle Murray and Linda Haley ready for Relay for Life. Katherine Morris

Family and friends soldier on for Paul at Relay for Life

AFTER Paul Hauritz died of pancreatic cancer earlier this year, family and friends have rallied together a Relay for Life team in his honour.

Paul's motto was that he was "soldiering on" and now daughter-in-law Rebecca Hauritz and her relay team was soldiering on for him.

This will be the team of nine's first year as in Relay for Life to raise money for the Cancer Council Queensland.

Rebecca said her father-in-law hadn't thought about competing in Relay for Life when he was alive but she said he would have been grateful.

"He didn't' want anyone to go through what he did," Rebecca said.

"So if we raise money and find a cure that would be awesome."

Paul's wife Leanne Hauritz said it was great her daughter-in-law had put a team together.

"She was inspired by my late husband, so it's really nice," she said.

Rebecca said she had always wanted to participate in Relay for Life and got a team together made up of family and friends from the South Burnett Child Care Community.

"(The team is made up of) Family that have come through the day care, staff members have gone through it," she said.

The team is called Soldiering On and will be dressing to the theme with Relay for Life shirts and army pants.

"Generally when you have that sort of thing (cancer) you have to keep fighting, you have to keep up the battle, so we thought solider on, fight, that sort of thing," Rebecca said.

So far the team had already met its target of $1500 and would raise well over it by the Relay day in October.

This year so far the South Burnett Relay for Life total is $17,524 not including funds from the Dinner with the Captains which have not been finalised.

Coordinator Rowena Dionysius said so far 27 teams signed up with 134 participants. The goal is 40 teams and Mrs Dionysius said teams often signed up at the last minute.

South Burnett Relay for Life has a goal to reach their target of $1 million over the ten years it has been running in the South Burnett.

Its goal to reach that is $150,000 this year.

Anyone can sign up a team of 10 to participate on the weekend of October 10-11. South Burnett Relay for Life will be held at Kingaroy Showgrounds starting at 3pm Saturday.

For more information or to sign up, go to www.relayforlife.org.au and search for South Burnett or phone Jillian Huth on 1300 656 585.

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