This summer over 25,000 New Zealanders will come together to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer by participating in Relay For Life—including a Kiwi team based in Antarctica.
Relay For Life is the world's largest cancer awareness and fundraising activity. Described as a life-changing experience, Relay For Life is a team event to celebrate cancer survivors and caregivers, remember loved ones lost to cancer, and fight back against a disease that affects one in three New Zealanders. People of all ages and levels of fitness participate.
For the second year running, Antarctica New Zealand's Scott Base will kick-off the Relay For Life season in New Zealand by hosting a 'Relay on Ice' for those on base.
Over 6,000 Relay For Life events are held worldwide and New Zealand is one of over 20 countries taking part. From mid-February until early April 2014, 21 Relays will take place in communities across the country, along with Scott Base.
Each Relay begins with a moving Opening Ceremony as cancer survivors and caregivers lead the first lap of the event. Team members then walk or jog for
30-minute intervals. When they're not on the track, teams enjoy on-site activities and entertainment. At dusk, a Candlelight Ceremony is held to remember loved ones affected by cancer. Teams continue to walk/jog through the night, symbolising the fact that cancer never sleeps. An inspiring Closing Ceremony is held next morning. Prior to each Relay, teams raise funds and awareness to support the work of the Cancer Society of New Zealand.
Families, community organisations, corporate groups, local businesses, schools and sporting clubs are encouraged to register their interest in Relay For Life
events happening this summer. Teams can register at www.relayforlife.org.nz or by contacting their local Cancer Society office.
Experience Relay For Life through our short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kw4gTauO-lc&feature=relmfu
For further information or photos, please contact:
Cancer Society of New Zealand
National Manager – Relay For Life and Community Development
mobile: 027 512 2629
Antarctica New Zealand and Scott Base
Science and Communications Advisor
mobile: 021 997 993