People affected by cancer invited to Relay for Life opening ceremony
People who have experienced cancer or have cared for a loved one with the disease are being invited to attend the Relay for Life opening ceremony tomorrow.
The Cancer Society is asking cancer survivors, family and friends to show support for those taking part in the relay by doing the opening ‘‘Survivor Lap’’, society chief John Loof says.
‘‘The survivor celebrations are a great chance for the community to come together, share cancer stories and meet others who have walked the cancer journey,’’ he says.
The survivor celebrations kick off the annual Relay for Life where teams walk together to raise money to support those with cancer.
The relay is held overnight and team members take turns to walk throughout the evening to symbolise that cancer never sleeps.
There is live music and a special candle-lit ceremony held during the course of the relay.
The event began in 1985 and is now held in 23 countries around the globe. It is heralded as an opportunity to celebrate cancer survivors and caregivers, remember loved ones lost to cancer and fight back against a disease that effects one in three Kiwis.
Money raised goes towards research into cancer causes and treatment as well as providing support for people affected by cancer.
Relay for Life Auckland kicks off on February 23 at the Millennium Stadium, Mairangi Bay.
The Survivors Celebrations begin at 2.30pm, with the Survivor Lap starting at 4pm.
Knees up: Rebecca McCaugham, Lincoln Davies and Lesley Dawson of Mercy Hospice Auckland kick up their heels for the O’Party on March 15.