FUNd-raising running to fight back against cancer
AS THE Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life draws closer, a team of 52 Samuel Marsden Collegiate School girls are doing everything they can to help the cause.
The school first participated in the Wellington relay in 2010 and since then it has become a tradition they want to continue.
“Everyone was keen to get involved, so it had to be done this year,” says deputy head girl Penny Thompson.
The relay starts at 4pm on March 31. The girls will be accompanied by thousands of other participants running non-stop around Frank Kitts Park until 9 am the next morning.
Daylight savings happening that night mean the participants will unfortunately gain an extra hour of running.
Everyone in the team has a very personal connection to the cause and wants to do their best to raise money for the charity.
“We’ve figured our target will be money rather than laps,” says Antonia Leggat, Head girl and co-student leader for Marsden.
To reach this target, The Cancer Society is encouraging each member of the team to raise $200.
This is a minimum objective for every one participating in the event.
As well as that, the year 12s are having a bake sale and a mufti day and the year 13s are organising a carnival with a tombola, barbeque and Jaffa racing.
Last year 17 relays were held across New Zealand, raising nearly $3 million for the Cancer Society.
“Relay for life” is the Cancer Society’s way of bringing people together to “celebrate, remember and fight back” against this disease.
It is also a really good bonding activity for years 12 and 13 to get involved in, but they have to “leave the ‘tude outside the tent,” says Antonia.
The girls are really looking forward to the event. However, they realise it can get rough, and have some sound advice for those participating.
“Sleep when you can, enjoy it and don’t park your tent next to the sprinklers.”