Cansa re­lay event all set for Satur­day

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Conelia Harry

IT’S all sys­tems go for this year’s Cansa Re­lay for Life event on Satur­day at ZCBF Com­mu­nity Park in Richards Bay.

Or­gan­is­ers have con­firmed that prepa­ra­tions are all com­pleted for the Cansa flag­ship project which has made a re­turn to this re­gion and will re­main on the an­nual events cal­en­dar.

The com­mit­tee is ready to wel­come and host the Zu­l­u­land com­mu­nity, can­cer suf­fer­ers, sup­port­ers and es­pe­cially the sur­vivors from 6pm to 6am on Sun­day and to hon­our all those in­volved in the fight against can­cer.

This iconic event en­ables the pub­lic to re­cruit friends, fam­ily, co-work­ers and neigh­bours to form a re­lay team of 10 mem­bers.

On the day of the re­lay, team mem­bers take turns walk­ing around the track for 12 hours, mak­ing sure that some­one from their team is on the track at all times.

Par­tic­i­pants en­joy camp­ing-out, en­ter­tain­ment, good food, games and com­mu­nity ca­ma­raderie and all share a com­mon pur­pose which is their de­sire to fight can­cer and to sup­port CANSA in its work.

Un­der the theme’ The Power of Pur­ple’, the event has the

three­fold pur­pose of cel­e­brat­ing those who have sur­vived can­cer, re­mem­ber­ing those who lost the brave fight, and cre­at­ing aware­ness about can­cer.

Event chair­per­son Erika Ver­maak, con­firmed on Wednes­day that 16 teams had suc­cess­fully reg­is­tered and a host of stall hold­ers were also booked.

She hoped that more teams and can­cer sur­vivors would fi­nalise their last minute reg­is­tra­tions as well, to boost the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants.

‘We want our com­mu­nity to come out and show their sup­port and we are invit­ing all busi­nesses, schools, com­mu­nity groups, char­i­ties and other or­gan­i­sa­tions to par­tic­i­pate in the event and help cre­ate can­cer aware­ness.’ Of course, it is not ex­pected that ev­ery sup­porter can stay for the 12-hour du­ra­tion, but the open­ing hours are es­pe­cially mov­ing and should not be missed.

‘Bik­ers’ from our lo­cal com­mu­nity will hold a mass bik­ers ride at 8pm, just be­fore the Lu­mi­naria lap, which is sig­nif­i­cant to those care­givers whose loved one is no longer with them as the lap cer­e­mony pro­vides in­di­vid­u­als an op­por­tu­nity to re­flect, re­mem­ber and heal. ‘This is a spe­cial ap­peal to all bik­ers to join for this spe­cial ride and af­ter the revving of mo­tor­cy­cles, we will have to­tal si­lence as the can­dle-lit Lu­mi­naria lap gets un­der way.’

To reg­is­ter teams or pur­chase Lu­mi­naria bags, con­tact Erika on 082 4487640.

All kinds of char­ac­ters will join the re­lay fun

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