These bright sparks will be putting their feet to work later this month in a 24-hour relay to raise money for cancer research.

Team Bright Sparks has had a Relay for Life team every year since Wyndham held its very first event in 2002, raising $5000 on average every year for the Cancer Council.

Team captain Lesley Hebden lost her father and aunt to cancer within a week of each other before she did her first Relay for Life event.

“It was a time of life where I had a bit of time to do something voluntary, which is why I joined the committee and then decided that we’d start a team as well just to do something about cancer,” she said.

“It was a way to do something positive as a way of dealing with grief.

“We just enjoy each other’s company and being together. We always find the first lap, the survivor’s lap, special, because we now have more of our team walking as survivors. We always find that a very moving time.

“It’s something positive to do in the fight against cancer. We’ve seen too many people – especially young people – with it, and I think it’s a fight that we can hopefully win.”

A total 91 teams have registered for this year’s Wyndham Relay for Life, which will be held across March 24-25 at the VU athletics track. To donate, go to