Relaying through the night for cancer patients

2018-11-08 06:02
                                                 PHOTOS: ARESHNI PERUMALHundreds of loyal supporters came out to participate in the Cansa Relay for Life last weekend.

PHOTOS: ARESHNI PERUMALHundreds of loyal supporters came out to participate in the Cansa Relay for Life last weekend.

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The CANSA Relay for Life, Port Shepstone, was held at Suid Natal Primary school on Saturday, October 28. The 12-hour event hosted 600 people, which included survivors, caregivers and teams that participated in the relay.

The event was themed “Night of the Stars”.

“The reason we relay for 12 hours overnight is because cancer patients find it very difficult to sleep at night, cancer never sleeps so we relay through the night in solidarity with these survivors,” said Michelle Cuppan, event co-chairperson. The 12-hour event focused on educating and raising awareness for cancer.

Teams were allowed to camp under tents and gazebos where they took turns to walk the relay track. Teams also participated in mission delivery games and pledged to fight back against cancer. One of the highlights of the night was the Luminari ceremony (candle lighting) were people came out to decorate a paper bag and light a candle in memory of loved ones whom they had lost to the battle of cancer and for those for are currently fighting.

There was high energy at the “fight back” ceremony, where attendees coloured the darkness of cancer by aiming coloured water balloons at the cancer banner. Entertainment such as Zumba, singing, team activities and dancing was on offer, all of which all continued until 2 am. The event raised approximately R100 000.

“The Cansa Relay For Life committee would like to sincerely thank the sponsors and community for supporting this global movement and helping us to raise funds for the Cancer Association of South Africa. We would also like to thank our dedicated committee members for sacrificing their time to plan the event with us over the last two months. Cancer is affecting too many people in the community and early detection and education is very important in the fight against cancer,” said event co-chairperson Debbie Cuppan.

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