Wanted: Su­per­heroes for Re­lay For Life

Hamilton News - - COMMUNITY -

Re­lay For Life re­turns to Hamil­ton in 2019 and the Cancer So­ci­ety is chal­leng­ing peo­ple to be­come a su­per­hero for the day — wear­ing undies out­side of cloth­ing is op­tional.

The in­spir­ing com­mu­nity event, where team mem­bers take turns walk­ing or run­ning around a track, gives peo­ple the chance to cel­e­brate cancer sur­vivors and car­ers; re­mem­ber loved ones lost to cancer; and fight back by rais­ing aware­ness and funds to sup­port the work of the Cancer So­ci­ety.

Ca­tri­ona Find­lay, fundrais­ing man­ager for the Cancer So­ci­ety, says Re­lay For Life par­tic­i­pants who turn out for the event at Claude­lands on March 30 can ex­pect a fes­ti­val-like at­mos­phere and a real sense of com­mu­nity spirit.

“With 12 hours of non-stop, live en­ter­tain­ment and mu­sic, this is a great op­por­tu­nity for friends, fam­i­lies and co-work­ers to en­joy a fun day out while mak­ing a dif­fer­ence for peo­ple af­fected by cancer.”

Re­lay For Life is the sec­ond­largest fundrais­ing event on Cancer So­ci­ety’s cal­en­dar, be­hind Daf­fodil Day. Ms Find­lay says money raised by re­lay ‘su­per­heroes’ will stay in the com­mu­nity and di­rectly ben­e­fit peo­ple in Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

“As a com­mu­nity-funded char­ity, fundrais­ing events like Re­lay For Life en­sure we can con­tinue to pro­vide free sup­port to peo­ple di­ag­nosed with cancer in our com­mu­nity, and their fam­i­lies.

“From emo­tional sup­port and ad­vo­cacy from a sup­port­ive care nurse who can help them nav­i­gate the med­i­cal sys­tem, to prac­ti­cal sup­port ser­vices like trans­port to treat­ment, frozen meals and ac­com­mo­da­tion for peo­ple trav­el­ling long dis­tances for treat­ment at Waikato Hospi­tal; the work that we do in the com­mu­nity can make all the dif­fer­ence for some­one dur­ing what can be a stress­ful time for them and their fam­ily.”

Re­lay For Life 2019 is suitable for all ages and fit­ness lev­els. Reg­is­tra­tions are now open at www.re­layforlife.org.nz.

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Hamil­ton Girls’ High School su­per­heroes at Re­lay For Life 2018.

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The Re­lay For Life can­dle­light cer­e­mony of­fers chance to re­mem­ber loved ones lost to cancer.

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