Re­lay raises funds and puts can­cer in spot­light

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Get a team to­gether and start fundrais­ing for the Can­cer So­ci­ety’s 2013 Re­lay For Life.

Reg­is­tra­tions are open for the an­nual fundrais­ing event, which this year cel­e­brates its tenth an­niver­sary and Waikato res­i­dents are be­ing urged to reg­is­ter their team now.

‘‘ Early reg­is­tra­tion gives your team plenty of time to fundraise,’’ said Waikato/Bay of Plenty Can­cer So­ci­ety spokes­woman Rachael Moun­sey.

‘‘We are en­cour­ag­ing teams to set a fundrais­ing goal of $200 per team mem­ber so the ear­lier you can get started, the bet­ter. There is also the David­son Shield up for grabs, which is awarded to the team who raises the most money.’’

Re­lay For Life is not just about fundrais­ing for the Can­cer So­ci­ety.

The event opens with a spe­cial lap of hon­our for can­cer sur­vivors, who walk the track while cheered on by par- tic­i­pants. At dusk the track is lit up with hun­dreds of dec­o­rated can­dle bags in re­mem­brance of loved ones lost to can­cer.

‘‘ With one in three New Zealan­ders af­fected by can­cer, ev­ery­one has their own story about how the disease has touched their lives,’’ said Rachael.

‘‘Re­lay For Life gives us the chance to stand with our com­mu­nity and talk about can­cer while cel­e­brat­ing with those who have come through a can­cer jour­ney and remembering our loved ones we have lost. It’s this that makes Re­lay such a trea­sured and im­por­tant com­mu­nity event.’’

Par­tic­i­pants are in teams of 10 or more and must keep their team’s ba­ton mov­ing around the track for the 22-hour event.

Only one team mem­ber needs to be on the track at any time.

‘‘Re­lay For Life is not a race and you don’t need to be a marathon run­ner to par­tic­i­pate. Do one lap or 100 laps, it’s about team spirit and work­ing to­gether to keep the ba­ton mov­ing,’’ ex­plained Rachael.

‘‘There is plenty hap­pen­ing to keep you go­ing through­out the night with bands, per­form­ers and com­pe­ti­tions run­ning.

‘‘ While some par­tic­i­pants only stay for a few hours, many teams camp overnight, cre­at­ing a tent-city with a real fes­ti­val-like at­mos­phere.’’

Rachael would like to en­cour­age teams from any­where in the Waikato to en­ter.

‘‘We have a great mix­ture of teams, in­clud­ing busi­nesses, com­mu­nity groups, schools, friends and fam­i­lies. Re­lay For Life is a real com­mu­nity event with peo­ple of all ages and from all walks of life par­tic­i­pat­ing.’’

The 2013 Re­lay For Life will be held from 2pm on Satur­day, March 9 to noon on Sun­day, March 10 at AgRe­search, Ruakura in Hamil­ton.

All funds raised through Re­lay For Life stays in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty re­gion and as­sists the Can­cer So­ci­ety to pro­vide sup­port­ive care for can­cer pa­tients, their car­ers, whanau and friends, fund can­cer re­search and pro­vide the pub­lic with in­for­ma­tion on the ways to re­duce the risk of can­cer through a smoke free, sun smart, healthy life­style.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter a team visit: re­lay­for life. org. nz, email events@ can­cer­so­ci­ or phone 07 838 2027.

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