Cansa to move Relay for Life to different venue

2015-03-31 00:00

AFTER the success of Cansa’s Relay for Life event two weeks ago, at Cascades MTB Park, organisers have decided to move the event to a different venue for next year.

The annual event celebrates survivors of cancer by hosting an all-night relay-walk that circles a track decorated with paper lamps in memory of lost loved ones.

Pietermaritzburg Cansa manager Lisa Strydom said they had received one or two complaints about the noise levels at the event and had decided prior to the close of the event that they would move next year’s relay to a more secluded area.

“We tried to be as quiet as we could. We made sure we turned down the music before 10 pm and we had someone monitoring the sound.

“We do try to keep our events as noise-free as possible but we also try to make it fun and lively for those who participate,” she said.

Strydom said she apologised for any inconvenience it caused nearby residents and welcomed the community to contact Cansa to meet and discuss any grievances they had on Saturday night. She said although they had one or two complaints, the decision to change venues for next year’s event was not based on the grievances but rather logistics. “There was no electricity or water on site and we also have the level of noise to consider. We are thinking about moving it away from town next year,” she said.

Cascades resident Rex Boreham said he and other residents in the Montrose and Townbush area were unhappy with the noise generated by the event and said it was unnecessary.

He said although he was upset with the amount of noise, he appreciated Cansa’s quick response to his e-mail of complaint and was satisfied with their apology.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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