Relay for Life in Rolleston

by Anonymous Author

Rolleston will once again host the Selwyn Relay for Life.

This year’s event is being held at Brookside Park in Rolleston over the weekend of March 17 and 18.

Relay for Life is a community fundraising event, which brings people together to celebrate with those who have overcome cancer and to remember loved ones lost to cancer, while raising funds for the Canterbury-West Coast Division of the Cancer Society.

Chairman of the organising committee for the Rolleston event, Duncan Sole, said they have a number of teams entered already, but always need more, as this is a very important fundraising event for the Christchurch and Selwyn area.

“We are very proud that last year for the first time we ran the event with no invoices thanks to a long list of very kind sponsors, which means every cent donated goes directly to the Cancer Society to use and to provide support to cancer patients and their families in the Selwyn area.”

Relay For Life is an overnight relay event. Teams must take turns to keep their baton moving around the track for the entire 20 hour event.

However, it’s not a race as Relay for Life is about team spirit and working together to keep the baton moving. Relay For Life opens with the Survivors’ Lap, where cancer survivors walk the first lap of the relay to celebrate their survivorship. Once all the survivors have finished their lap of honour, relay teams begin their 20 hour walk and survivors head to a special afternoon tea.

As dusk falls the Candlelight Ceremony is held to remember the loved ones lost to cancer. Candle bags, decorated in memory of lost loved ones, line the track and the lit candles inside each bag light the way for teams, as they continue to walk through the night.

After 20 hours of walking, teams come together for the closing ceremony to celebrate the end of Relay For Life and thank the community for their support and commitment.

All funds raised through Relay For Life stay in the Canterbury-West Coast region and assist the Cancer Society to provide supportive care for cancer patients, their carers, whanau and friends, as well as funding cancer research and providing the public with information on the ways to reduce the risk of cancer through a smoke free, sunsmart, healthy lifestyle.

For more information go to canterbury-west-coast.cancernz.org.nz.