MEDIA RELEASE FROM THE CANCER ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA (CANSA)
CANSA seeks volunteers, survivors and teams for Relay For Life in Port Elizabeth.
HOPE is at the heart of the Cancer Association of South Africa’s (CANSA) drive to raise funds, garner support and generate a sense of community through participation when they host the third Relay for Life event on March 18, at Kemsley Park Sports Grounds.
“Relay For Life is an awareness raiser about the progress against cancer as much as a way of raising much-needed funds” said Avril Smith, Relay for Life PE Chairman. “People who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event, as a volunteer, cancer survivor or participant, have made a commitment to fight back against this disease and let the community know we can reduce the impact of cancer.”
Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event that engages communities to celebrate survivors (anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones lost, commit to fight back through healthy lifestyle changes and raise money for the fight against cancer.
The event consists of teams of 10 to 15 people spending up to 12 hours walking or running in relay around a track.
Two highlights of every Relay are the Survivorship activities and the “Luminaria Ceremony” each acknowledging those who have been touched by cancer.
“The theme for the event is: mission possible,”
said Smith. “The human spirit is so powerful, whether we are fighting disease, facing a challenge, or running a race, anything is possible.”
Those who want to know more about the event or want to enter, contact Relay For Life team leader Nettie Herselman on 072 352 9375 or 041 408 5221.
CANSA’s purpose is to lead the fight against cancer in South Africa and to save lives. It is the only organisation that focuses on adult and childhood cancer and support, plays a major role in funding cancer related research, and is an active watchdog advocating for change to protect all communities in South Africa from known carcinogens.
CANSA has more than 300 staff, 14 000 volunteers and 51 offices nation-wide. For more information visit www.cansa.org.za
or contact CANSA toll-free on 0800 22 66 22.