FAIRFIELD'S Relay for Life starts on the first weekend of November but patron Andrew Rohan has already raised about $23,000 and is well on his way to smashing his $30,000 goal.
The Smithfield MP raised most of this money through local businesses and individuals when he walked about 55 kilometres around his electorate.
"I am very pleased to be part of such a fantastic community-focused event," he said.
"It's a great way to give back to the Cancer Council and engage with my community."
Relay for Life is an outdoor, overnight team walk that remembers and celebrates the lives of those who have battled cancer as well as raises funds for cancer research, education and support programs.
Teams of 10 or more participants are challenged to complete a relay style walk or run over 24 hours at Horsley Park Reserve.
A festive atmosphere is created with teams camping out overnight, free entertainment and various prizes.
A free "survivor morning tea" for all overnight campers is held in the morning before the final ceremony.
Co-ordinator Pina Asekona invited the Fairfield community to join in.
"There will be plenty of entertainment and fun for all ages," she said.
"Be sure not to miss out on joining or creating your own team to be part of the relay and help the Cancer Council raise much-needed funds."
An information night will be held on October 29 at Smithfield RSL Club.
The relay will start at 9.30am on November 2 at Park Reserve. The registration fee is $20 a person.
Details: phone Pina Asekona on 9354 2014 or visit relay.cancercouncil.com.au/2013/Fairfield.