US trip inspires young Cancer Council volunteer

KEEN TO HELP: Cancer Council volunteer Theo Magill at Glendale's Hunter Sports Centre, where the Newcastle/Lake Macquarie Relay For Life is held.

KEEN TO HELP: Cancer Council volunteer Theo Magill at Glendale's Hunter Sports Centre, where the Newcastle/Lake Macquarie Relay For Life is held.

MEREWETHER IT student Theo Magill's motivation to volunteer for the Cancer Council isn't personal, but that hasn't stopped him from contributing to the cause.

"Fortunately I'm one of the few that hasn't been affected personally by cancer, but I still want to help in any way I can," Mr Magill said.

The 22-year-old today returned from the American Cancer Society's Nationwide Campus Leadership Experience in Atlanta, Georgia, where he represented the Cancer Council.

Mr Magill was chosen based on his tireless work to implement Cancer Council initiatives at the University of Newcastle since starting his tertiary education there in 2012.

He was instrumental in establishing the university's Cancer Council and Students Alliance, which promotes the not-for-profit organisation on campus through things like Daffodil Day stalls.

Mr Magill formed the alliance with fellow Cancer Council volunteer James Garlick, who attended the conference in Atlanta last year.

The pair hope to one day expand the alliance to the university's Ourimbah campus and create and promote paid internships with the Cancer Council.

Mr Magill presented these ideas and more at the conference, where he also spoke about the Newcastle/Lake Macquarie chapter of the Cancer Council's global cancer awareness campaign Relay For Life.

Having participated in the event for the past decade, Mr Magill said his ultimate goal would be to host it at the University of Newcastle.

Among about 200 others, he picked up some valuable tips to help him achieve his goal.

To register for Relay For Life, go to relayforlife.org.au.

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