All set for Re­lay for Life

Central Leader - - SPORT -

Adri­enne Ward puts on her walk­ing gear once a year to take part in the an­nual Re­lay for Life.

It’s a use­ful way to help the so­ci­ety as she’s not in a fi­nan­cial po­si­tion to reg­u­larly do­nate.

‘‘This way I can help make other people aware of the work the Cancer So­ci­ety does,’’ she says.

The event is on March 15 and 16 at Trust Arena in Hen­der­son and the Cancer So­ci­ety is look­ing for team cap­tains to rally their friends and fam­ily to­gether for the event.

Cancer is an ill­ness close to Mrs Ward, 44. When she was 17 her mother Lor­raine lost her bat­tle with liver and bowel cancer. A friend has also re­cently bat­tled breast cancer.

So she’s get­ting a team of fam­ily and col­leagues to­gether for the sec­ond year to com­pete in the re­lay.

The team, called Friends for Life, has been rais­ing money through bake sales and do­na­tions on its on­line site. Last year it raised $2500 and mem­bers hope to raise more this year.

Cancer So­ci­ety Auck­land’s chief ex­ec­u­tive John Loof says 60 fam­i­lies ev­ery day are faced with a cancer di­ag­no­sis and the re­lay is a time for the com­mu­nity to ac­knowl­edge the im­pact of cancer.

‘‘Sixty new cancer di­ag­noses is far too many and we feel more can be done to re­duce the num­ber and sup­port fam­i­lies,’’ he says.

Funds raised pro­vide sup­port­ive care and in­for­ma­tion for people go­ing through cancer and re­search into more ef­fec­tive treat­ments as well as com­mu­nity pre- ven­tion cam­paigns.

The re­lay sees at least one team mem­ber stay on the Dou­glas Track and Field at all times, pass­ing a ba­ton from one mem­ber to an­other through­out the en­tire 48-hour event.

Par­tic­i­pants can ei­ther camp overnight and stay for the whole event or just do a few laps.

The event be­gins at 4pm on March 15 with a Sur­vivors Lap of Hon­our.

Top ath­lete: On Fe­bru­ary 15 and 16 St Cuth­bert’s Col­lege ath­lete Natasha Eady com­peted in the New Zealand Com­bined Event Na­tion­als, se­cur­ing sil­ver in the un­der18 women’s hep­tathlon. She had a great com­pe­ti­tion, miss­ing out on gold by a mere 30 points and scor­ing two new per­sonal bests.

Photo: MON­ICA TISCHLER

Good cause: Adri­enne Ward, 44, is tak­ing part in the Cancer So­ci­ety’s Re­lay for Life.

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