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Staff urged to join 2017 Student Relay for Life

Thursday, 23 March 2017 9:41pm

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Members of the 2017 Student Relay for Life organising committee (from left) Alesha East, Artem Piatine, Jess Ford, Georgia Mayer, Caitlin Barlow, Damon Lillis and Annemieke van Vliet.Photo: Sharron Bennett.

This year’s University of Otago Student Relay for Life is set to be bigger and better than ever before, with the organisers hoping to raise more than $100,000 for cancer research.

Created in 2014, the relay is aimed at University and Otago Polytechnic staff and students. It is New Zealand’s only student-organised relay – with a committee made up of students from both the University and the Polytechnic.

"Everyone is affected by cancer in one way or another and the relay is a great event for everyone to come together, celebrate, remember and fight back."

The 2017 relay will be held from 6pm on Friday 7 April to 6am on Saturday 8 April. It will follow a new circuit which will see participants run or walk past the Clocktower building, across the Leith on the St David footbridge, past the St David’s Café and Science buildings, and back through the Archway.

Committee Chairperson, Fourth-Year Public Health student Georgia Mayer, says last year’s event had over 1,200 participants and raised over $70,000. This year she and her team hope to have more than 2,000 participants and have a fundraising goal of over $100,000.

Miss Mayer encourages both students and staff to participate – and hopes to create a competitive and fun atmosphere at the event. There will be live music, food stalls and fun activities through the night.

“We want more involvement, to do more fundraising than last year and to have a stronger focus on cancer awareness throughout the event,” she says.

“Everyone is affected by cancer in one way or another and the relay is a great event for everyone to come together, celebrate, remember and fight back. It is also great for students to be part of an event that raises money for the local community and to do something fun and different with their time."

Want to get involved?

Go to www.relayforlife.org.nz or Email: relayuni@cansoc.org.nz and register your team!

Do you have a cancer story to share?

The Cancer Society is looking for participants for this year’s “We Can” video, in which it talks about what it does and the need to raise funds.

Do you have a cancer story you feel comfortable sharing? Have you lived with cancer or had a loved one impacted?

If you are willing to share your story, contact Chris Green, Cancer Society of New Zealand Marketing and Communications Manager, Ph 479 6780 or 021 340 563, Email: Chris.Green@cansoc.org.nz