Small steps can make a remarkable difference for people affected by cancer in our community.
A parent, a grandparent, a cousin or a friend – each of us knows someone close to us who is a survivor or a fighter of cancer, and more than ever they need our support.
Our volunteers from Rapid Relief Team in Hamilton were back on the ground again this year at Claudelands Events Centre in Hamilton on Saturday March 14, providing a helping hand to the Cancer Society in Hamilton at the annual Relay for Life event.
Relay For Life is an inspiring community event that gives everyone a chance to celebrate cancer survivors and carers; remember loved ones lost to cancer; and fight back by raising awareness and funds to support the work of Cancer Society.
Passionate volunteers from RRT were only too happy to give up some time to cook and serve a nutritious meal to dedicated participants of 2020 event. All proceeds from the sale of food and drink was donated to Hamilton Cancer Society.
Cancer Society doesn’t receive any direct government funding, so they rely on the support and generosity of the community. The money raised through Relay For Life stays in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty region and helps people in our community through the Cancer Society’s support services, fund cancer research and deliver health promotion programmes to the community.
The weather certainly went in our favor this year, sunshine and blue sky which was without doubt reflect in the number of family and friends who rallied together, ranging from ages 10 to 71. Teams walked or ran around a track in a relay style with at least one participant on the track throughout the event, while enjoying the festival-like atmosphere and entertainment. The 12-hour event is one of the most important fundraisers for the Cancer Society.
RRT Hamilton team leader Jon Renton said, “It is a great cause to support, just knowing you are helping in some way, its special”.
We look forward to helping out again next year.