PHOTOS: Community walks to a cure at Dalby Relay for Life

DRESSED in clashing colours and crazy costumes, hundreds of locals braved the cold on Saturday to walk through the night on a mission to raise money for cancer.

28 teams participated in this year's Dalby Relay for Life, keeping their baton moving around the track at the Dalby Showgrounds for 18 hours, pausing only for the candlelight ceremony to remember loved ones affected by cancer.

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Face of Relay Carmen Duvel was a beacon of hope for other survivors, bravely sharing her story at the relay.

Diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma at 18 years of age, Miss Duvel shared a message of hope and the importance of knowing your body.

After the final lap of the relay, the teams had raised 96% of their $30,000 fundraising goal with more money yet to be counted.

Both Dawn Swann and Misty-Ann Somerfield were weary as they crossed the finish line after walking the whole 18 hours, and Liam Newman from Dalby State High went home with a limp after running 100 kilometres during the relay.

Jessica Bliesner and Bella Hockenhull braved the chop, cutting off their long locks and donating their hair to be made into wigs.

This year's highest fundraising team was Friends Forever with $6,875 and the highest fundraising school team was the Sensational South Students with $3,929.

The spirit of relay and best banner awards went to Dalby South State School.

Dalby State High School teams took prizes for best campsite by Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, best baton from the Midget Army team and the best dressed team was We are Family.

Goodstart Dalby won the prize for best letterbox.