Relay For Life is a chance for communities to recognise and celebrate those who have overcome cancer or are undergoing treatment, as well as the people who care for them. Relay also provides an opportunity to celebrate the memory of loved ones lost to cancer.
“Relay For Life began in America in May 1985 when colorectal surgeon, Dr. Gordy Klatt, wanted to raise awareness of cancer and boost the income of his local cancer charity. He spent a gruelling twenty-four hours circulating a track in Tacoma, Washington, and raised over US$27,000, and showed that one person really can make a difference”, said Community Relations Coordinator For Relay For Life Nikki Horan.
“Fairfield Relay For Life started 7 years ago which was introduced by the Cancer Council NSW. There are no restrictions on who can participate”, said Ms Horan.
Each Relay For Life event is organised by a local volunteer committee on behalf of Cancer Council. Teams of 10–15, which are headed up by a team captain, get together and fundraise year-round.
Everyone then meets at the Relay to celebrate the amazing fundraising achievements of the past year. Teams participate in a relay-style walk or run, challenging themselves to stay on the track overnight.
Each event is unique and you can stay for the whole event and camp overnight, enjoy the fun activities and attend the moving ceremonies that make Relay For Life so special.
Put your thinking cap on to plan your team theme, campsite decorations and costumes. It all adds colour to the event.
While it’s not compulsory to dress up, many teams do. From superheroes of hope to clowns, pirates and space outfits, dressing in theme is a great way to get your team having fun.
Each person on the team pays a registration fee, which includes a shirt and breakfast in the morning. There are no age limitations or fitness requirements – Relay For Life is suitable for everyone.
Fairfield Relay for Life Committee is holding an information night on Tuesday, 24 February at 6:30pm. Come along if you’re interested and want to find out how to become a volunteer Committee member and be a part of planning this years event. All welcome! It will be located at Smithfield RSL.
For more information or to RSVP call Nikki Horan on 02 9354 2018 or send her an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
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