CANSA re­lay calls for en­tries

Northern Eyethu - - NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

THE CANSA Re­lay for Life has gone back to its roots and or­gan­is­ers are ex­cited to an­nounce the date – 27 Oc­to­ber.

The event is set to be held at the ZCBF Com­mu­nity Park in Richards Bay, but is open to teams through­out the re­gion.

Should any­one want to put to­gether a team from Mtu­batuba, St Lu­cia, Hluh­luwe, or any­where else, the Event Chair, Erika Ver­maak can be con­tacted on 082 4487640 or erika.ver­maak@ net­care.co.za.

The 12-hour fun-filled overnight event, from 6pm to 6am, be­gins with an open­ing cer­e­mony where the re­lay­ers are wel­comed.

Can­cer sur­vivors then lead the first lap, cel­e­brat­ing their vic­tory over can­cer.

This is fol­lowed by a care­givers lap in recog­ni­tion of those who help can­cer pa­tients in their jour­ney.

There is also a silent lap, re­mem­ber­ing those who have lost their bat­tle with can­cer.

All teams, with be­tween 10 and 15 mem­bers per team, are then in­vited to walk to­gether dur­ing the open­ing lap, which takes place after the sur­vivors’ and care­givers’ laps.

With much sym­bol­ism through­out the event, day turn­ing to night sym­bol­ises a per­son’s can­cer di­ag­no­sis and the dark times the per­son goes through.

But, they make friends along the way who pro­vide sup­port through their dark­est of mo­ments.

As the new day be­gins to dawn, peo­ple re­alise they have come through the or­deal with new sup­port net­works to stand by them.

There is plenty of en­ter­tain­ment through­out the night and each team is en­cour­aged to have its own theme.

En­try fee is R500 per team of 10 or R50 per per­son for day vis­i­tors (from 6 – 11pm).

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