Relay for Life Perseverance
22 Sep 2016
On the 17th and 18th of September 45 year 11 pupils took part in Cancer Research UK’s Relay for Life. Their fundraising total so far is £9570 and sponsorship is still coming in!
Blythe White (Year 11) describes his experience of the relay.
What is Relay?
Relay for Life is an overnight fundraising event that honours cancer survivors and celebrates life. Each Relay is a community-led event where teams of between 8 and 15 members fundraise and then join together to take it in turns to walk/run round a track for 24 hours to signify that ‘cancer never sleeps’ and to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
How challenging was it?
The Relay for Life was very challenging for all involved, some maybe more than others, but it was definitely very rewarding. Eight people had ran or walked two marathons by the end! At the beginning we heard a talk from a ‘global hero of hope’ and there was also a lap for those who have survived cancer. To know that we were actually making a difference made it all worthwhile.
What was organised over the weekend apart from walking or running for 24 hours?
There were a number of themed laps including a superhero lap, a onesie lap and a purple lap where first, second and third place were awarded. It was great fun and added more of a sense of competition to the event.
What was your favourite part of the weekend?
My favourite part of the weekend was probably towards the end with the macarena lap when we had to go around the whole 400m track doing the macarena. Lots of the members of our team took part and it was great fun for all involved.
Did it live up to your expectations?
The relay was all and more than I expected it to be. Whether on or off the track you could feel a real sense of community and knowing that we were all joined by the aim to find a cure for cancer was comforting. Everyone was very friendly and it was a lot of fun.
What part of the event did you find the most moving?
As well as walking or running around the track we also got to hear people’s stories and see the change we would be making. I think I found the candle of hope ceremony the most moving part of the event. This is a ceremony where candles are lit around the track, in decorated bags with messages to family and friends who have fought the battle with cancer. As you would walk around the track you would see hundreds of people’s messages. Some people had put so much effort into these candle bags and it just showed how important it was to find a cure for cancer. It spurred me on and helped me keep going.
Overall, the Relay for Life was a truly moving event which not only encouraged you to give back to the community, but also showed you where your money would be going.