Celebrating life with CANSA

2019-02-27 06:01
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THE Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) celebrates life at its annual CANSA Relay for Life event, taking place in Pietermaritzburg on March 9 and March 10 at Natal Carbineers, Geere Street, from 2pm to 2am.

The CANSA Relay for Life is an impactful team experience, usually taking place overnight, which mobilises cancer survivors and the community to stand together in the fight against cancer. It’s also an opportunity to remember loved ones that have passed away from cancer and to raise funds for the fight against cancer.


Teams of 10 people register to participate in the relay event. Teams set up team sites and take turns walking around a track. Because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the overnight event.

Throughout the night there is a host of entertainment and team members are free to socialise, picnic, play games, dance, and participate in lots of fun activities.

Teams are required to pay a registration fee and commit to raising additional funds to help CANSA enable research, reduce the risk of cancer through education and health awareness while also providing care and support to those affected by cancer.


Cancer survivors from the community are invited to attend to be celebrated and honoured through special ceremonies and activities, including an opening Survivors’ Lap.

This is followed by a Caregivers Lap to recognise those who help cancer patients and loved ones in their journey. “A cancer survivor is anyone who has heard the words ‘you have cancer’ at any stage in their life”.


Throughout the evening, there are many moments that bring the community together to remember loved ones lost.

The Luminaria ceremony lights up the night — candles are lit inside paper bags and are placed around the relay track as glowing tributes to remember and honour loved ones who have passed or who are still fighting the disease. These candles remain lit throughout the event until the closing ceremony.

Luminaria bags are sold prior and at the CANSA Relay for Life event. Bags can also be decorated by family members or friends.

“At the heart of Relay is the opportunity to celebrate cancer survivors, to remember those who have left us and create awareness about cancer. We invite everyone in the community to get involved,”

ABOUT CANSA — CANSA offers a unique integrated service to the public and to all people affected by cancer.

As a leading role-player in cancer research (more than R12 million spent annually), the scientific findings and knowledge gained from our research are used to realign our health programmes, as well as strengthen our watchdog role to the greater benefit of the public.

Our health programmes comprise health and education campaigns; CANSA Care Centres that offer a wide range of care and support services to those affected by cancer; stoma and other clinical support and organisational management; medical equipment hire, as well as a toll-free line to offer information and support. We also supply patient care and support in the form of CANSA Care Homes in the main metropolitan areas for out-of-town cancer patients.

To register your teams before February 25 contact Anand Gounden at 061 188 1381 or Anne Brown Rautenbach­ at 072 729 5811 or e-mail anne.rautenbach@gmail.com.

Team Captains meeting is scheduled to take place on February 27 at Varsity College, Pietermaritzburg. —Supplied.


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