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Relay raises funds and awareness

The annual Cansa Relay For Life is sure to be another fantastic event where young and old can join hands in the fight against cancer.

This year’s relay will take place at the Vredenburg Sports Grounds on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March with a carnival theme.

Cansa is a non-profit organisation and receives minimal state funding relying on donations and fund-raising events to raise much needed funds in order to deliver a service.

Relay For Life is the organisation’s biggest annual fund-raising event and is currently hosted in approximately 20 countries worldwide.

According to Marketing Coordinator, Riana Oosthuizen, they raised approximately R200 000 at last year’s event and the goal for this year is to raise R220 000.

“Relay For Life is an American concept and the very first Relay For Life was done in Tacoma, Washington, by Dr Gordy Klatt in 1985 for the American Cancer Society,” explains Oosthuizen.

She also says that from there it became an annual event and the first Relay For Life in South Africa was hosted 12 years ago.

“The town of Vredenburg was one of only a handful of towns to host this event 12 years ago. Logically this was at first a very new concept and started out small but has since gained momentum and has grown tremendously,” says Oosthuizen.

In light of the upcoming relay 19 members of West Coast College registered a group to participate as the significance of this event lies very close to their hearts.

According to Rehana Basson (Marketer at West Coast College) each member has lost a loved one to Cancer and some have survived the disease as well. “Therefore we entered to show our support and to assist Cansa to help create awareness regarding Cancer,” explains Basson.

She is the leader of the group taking part and has assisted Cansa since last year to raise funds and awareness.

“We are all excited about the relay and look forward to a day filled with lots of fun, laughter, love and most importantly, remembering those we have lost and those that are still fighting.”

A new addition to this year’s relay will be a very exciting “health game” with teams participating in the game, based on monopoly, to walk away as the Cancer Smart team.

“The income generated will enable us to provide even more services to the community through our research, education and cancer awareness campaigns and support to all cancer survivors and their families,” explains Oosthuizen.

Entry fees are R750 per team and tickets for day visitors are R20 (adults) and R10 (children).

For more information contact Oosthuizen on 078 179 8775 or visit www.relayforlife.org.za.

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