Gear up for a fun-filled Cansa Relay for Life

Relay For Life is a fun overnight team event that raises awareness of cancer as well as much-needed funds to fight the disease.

The event represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, those facing cancer will be supported and one day cancer will be conquered.

The event is volunteer-driven and community-owned.

“During the relay, teams of 10 to 15 friends, neighbours, families and co-workers commit to keeping at least one member walking the track at all times, because cancer never sleeps,” said Ayanda Ngcofe, community mobiliser fund-raising developer, East Rand.

“Each team submits a commitment or registration fee,” she said.

The second annual event in 2013 raised nearly R1.5 million.

Back then, a total of 203 teams with over 4 500 participants and 217 cancer survivors took part in the event.

CANSA Relay For Life poster.

This year the association’s goal is to at least have 200 teams and 250 cancer survivors participating, to raise at least R800 000

Cansa continues to encourages the Eastern Gauteng community to live a healthy lifestyle, be proactive and undergo early detection screenings.

“Our purpose is to lead the fight against cancer in South Africa by offering a unique and integrated service to the public and all those affected by cancer,” said Ngcofe.

“As a leading role player in cancer control, the scientific findings and knowledge gained from our research are used to realign our health programme as well as focus our watchdog initiatives to the greater benefit of the public.”

The service includes prevention and awareness campaigns, patient care and support in the form of Cansa Interim Homes in the main metropolitan areas, including one hospitium (based in Polokwane) for out-of town cancer patients, support centres that offer stoma and lymphoedema clinics, medical equipment hire, toll-free line and support to children and their families affected by cancer through the Cansa TLC programme.

Teams set up camp around the track before the relay. The event opens with the moving Survivor’s Lap of Honour.

Throughout the evening and the next day, everyone enjoys entertainment, fun and camaraderie.

Teams that wish to participate are required to pay R1 500 per team of 15 members. Each team is required to submit a registration fee of R100 from ages 13 and up.

Children between 6 and 12 years are required to pay R50 each. Children under six are free.

Individuals without teams are welcome too.

To register your team and/or as a cancer survivor, contact either Ayanda at [email protected], or Sonia at [email protected]

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