Re­lay aids can­cer so­ci­ety

Matamata Chronicle - - News - The 2014 Re­lay For Life will be held from 2pm Satur­day, March 1, to mid­day Sun­day, March 2, at AgRe­search Ruakura in Hamil­ton. For more in­for­ma­tion about Re­lay For Life or to reg­is­ter a team visit re­lay­for­life.org.nz, email re­lay@can­cer­so­ci­ety.org.nz or

It’s time to round up your friends, fam­ily and work­mates for the Can­cer So­ci­ety’s Re­lay For Life in Hamil­ton.

This iconic char­ity walk is now open for team reg­is­tra­tions and the Can­cer So­ci­ety is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to reg­is­ter their team now.

Re­lay For Life is open to any­one in the com­mu­nity, with teams com­ing from across the Waikato to par­tic­i­pate.

Waikato-Bay of Plenty Can­cer So­ci­ety spokesper­son Rachael Moun­sey said teams came from all walks of life, in­clud­ing friends and fam­ily, busi­nesses, schools and com­mu­nity groups.

‘‘It is one of the great things about Re­lay For Life,’’ Ms Moun­sey said.

‘‘This event brings peo­ple from all dif­fer­ent walks of life to­gether to sup­port a com­mon cause and have a re­ally fun weekend. It’s an event that any­one can en­joy.’’

There is also a com­pet­i­tive as­pect with prizes for to the top fundrais­ing teams.

‘‘At the 2013 event, Hamil­ton team knACCk­ered won the David­son Shield by rais­ing over $14,000 for the Can­cer So­ci­ety and a team from St Peters, Cam­bridge won the West­side Ki­wa­nis prize,’’ Ms Moun­sey said.

‘‘It’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see who takes home the 2014 shields. We have a cou­ple of teams reg­is­tered from com­pet­ing real es­tate firms and a num­ber of high school teams in­ter­ested so the com­pe­ti­tion looks like it’s heat­ing up.’’

Re­lay For Life is the Can­cer So­ci­ety’s sec­ond big­gest fundraiser, af­ter Daf­fodil Day. As a char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion that does not re­ceive di­rect gov­ern­ment fund­ing, the Can­cer So­ci­ety re­lies on the sup­port of the com­mu­nity 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 liv­ing a smoke­free, SunS­mart, healthy life­style.

‘‘While the Can­cer So­ci­ety re­lies on the funds raised from Re­lay For Life, there is more to re­lay than fundrais­ing,’’ Ms Moun­sey said.

‘‘One in three New Zealan­ders are af­fected by can­cer and Re­lay For Life is a chance for peo­ple to ac­knowl­edge how can­cer has af­fected their lives.’’

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