CANSA Relay For Life

2018-10-25 06:01
PHOTO: omega ngemaJoin the Cansa team at the Cansa relay for life on Ocober 27 and 28.

PHOTO: omega ngemaJoin the Cansa team at the Cansa relay for life on Ocober 27 and 28.

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THE CANSA Relay For Life is one of the events featured on CANSA’s fundraising calender. A 12-hour event, it will be hosted on October 27 and October 28 from 2 pm to 2 am at the Suid Natal Primary School.

What makes this event different from a normal fundraiser is that the Relay For Life event celebrates, remembers, and fights back. We invite every cancer survivor and caregiver on the South Coast to come and have a meal with us as we honour and pamper them and celebrate their journey.

The first lap is always opened by the survivors, who do a lap of honour, followed by the caregivers. There is also a tent decorated for the survivors.

The next aspect is remembering every cancer patient who has lost their battle. Luminaria bags are decorated with pictures of family and friends lost to cancer. These bags line the track and candles will be lit after dark. It is a very humbling experience to walk the track and remember lost ones.

Finally, we have the fight back aspect, which is our way of making a difference to fight the battle by educating and informing as many people as we can. Every year we pick a new way to fight back, for example people take pledges or participate in group activities that are educational but also fun.

For the main part of the event, teams of 10-15 people camp around the track and take turns to walk around the track in relay fashion. One person from each team has to be walking at any given time. These teams pay a registration fee, R500 for adult teams and R350 for school/youth teams, and have the option of fundraising further. We encourage school teams as well as it is a safe venue with no alcohol or smoking.

During the event we have entertainment lined up on the main stage, including various Relay for Life ceremonies, singing, dancing, zumba, team activities and a fun lap every hour on the hour.

Cancer survivors fight cancer every day of their lives, Can you fight cancer for one night? For more information contact Debbie Cuppan at 083 554 3614 or Diane Saunders at 082 291 7934 or e-mail cuppan@mweb.co.za

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