CANSA Relay For Life 2016 to hold 8th annual event in PE

BY MARC JACOBSON - FEBRUARY 4, 2016

The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) Relay For Life, a signature project by CANSA, is being planned by the organization to hold its 8th annual event in Port Elizabeth on the 11th March.

CANSA is a non-profit organization that strives to create a cancer smart South Africa through health promotions and educational programmes. Their agenda is to significantly reduce the impact of cancer in all communities within South Africa through advocacy, research, prevention, early detection and care.

The organization provides services to support communities through various care centres situated around South Africa. The PE care centre is situated on Eden Road, Glendiningvale.

The CANSA Relay For Life event is one of primary initiatives run by the organization in order to raise awareness of cancer as well as raise funds to enable the respective care centres to continue with their support and services

“CANSA Relay For Life is in fact an international event, run across the globe for the last 30 years. In 2015, South Africa saw its 10th anniversary of the event and this March will now see PE’s 8th relay,” said Lee-Anne Jones, Chairperson of the Organizational Committee of CANSA Relay For Life.

The event takes place over 12 hours throughout the whole night, which signifies to participants that cancer never sleeps. Through this, there are three distinct parts to any CANSA Relay For Life event namely; survivors, luminaria and teams.

The survivors are anyone who has heard the words, “you have cancer”, after which they walk the very first lap of the relay and encouraged to bring along a caregiver. Luminaria is white paper bags that has been decorated in honour of someone still fighting cancer or that has lost their fight. The teams, consisting of 10-15 people, spend a minimum of 12 hours walking or running around the track

“The teams commit to raising funds for CANSA, either before the relay or on the night of the relay by using their site (6m by 6m grass area) to sell items that would be of interest to other teams,” said Jones.

“Through this, CANSA Relay For Life strives to celebrate with survivors, remember with luminaria and fight back with our teams’ support in awareness and fundraising.”

Last year, the initiative raised just over R400 000 with the help of large corporate cash sponsors and they hope to raise a minimum of R280 000 this year.

To visit the CANSA Relay For Life website, click here

To contact Lee-Anne Jones her cell is 082 924 8366 and email: [email protected]