Relay For Life is a fun and moving overnight experience that raises vital funds for Cancer Council's research, prevention and support services. Through the funds raised at Relay For Life, more than 61,000 Australian lives have been saved over the last 20 years. Improvements in cancer prevention and screening mean that less people will hear the words, "you have cancer". Advances to cancer treatments allow cancer patients to spend more time with their loved ones.
Relay for Life was an invigorating experience over the course of 18 hours. For this experience, myself and many other Year 10 students raised awareness and fundraised for the Cancer Council Organisation. At this event we attended an opening and closing ceremony celebrating the lives of those who have survived cancer and at the candlelight ceremony remembered the lives of those who have passed. We fundraised together selling raffle tickets for our raffle as well as other fundraising ventures. This event helped us connect with the global issue of cancer and those who are affected by it as almost 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Raising money for research helped us connect with this issue as well as develop an understanding of the importance of money in research. Staying up all night and walking helped us have a better understanding of what Cancer patients go through on a daily basis, as we all experienced both physical and mental exhaustion. Relay for Life was such a great opportunity for my team and I to raise money and awareness as well as to work together collaboratively, and I would recommend others to partake in this event next year.
Year 10 Student