The world’s largest fundraising event is coming to Cardiff for the first time this summer.
Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life brings communities together to help beat cancer. Unlike the hugely popular Race for Life, Relay For Life is run entirely by volunteers living in the local community.
The event, which began in the US in 1984, now takes place in more than 20 countries around the globe. Since it first arrived in the UK in 1996, the Cancer Research UK Relay For Life has grown in popularity and last year celebrated its biggest year ever, as a record-breaking 91 events took place nationwide, raising over £2.6 million.
Watch a video about the Cardiff Relay for Life
Cardiff’s first ever Relay will be held at Cardiff High School Old Boys RFC, Forest Farm Road, Whitchurch from midday on 24th July until midday on 25th July 2010. It’s a 24 hour walking event, where teams take part in a relay, making sure at least one team member is on the track at all times. It’s not a race, Relay events focus on fun for all the family, regardless of age or fitness level – everyone is welcome. We’re hoping to include salsa laps, egg and spoon laps, aerobics laps – maybe even a lap on space hoppers – anything goes at Relay for Life!
Leading up to the event, teams will fundraise in the local community to support the work of Cancer Research UK. Then everyone comes together for the inspiring overnight celebration and commemoration. Teams camp out at the site and at midnight, the atmosphere quietens as the Candle of Hope Ceremony – the most poignant part of Relay For Life – begins.
Kate Clarke from Cyncoed was the first to register a team for the Cardiff event. Kate said: “When we heard that Relay For Life was coming to Cardiff, we just had to get involved. I know many people whose lives have been touched by cancer and the event promises to be a poignant way to remember those people affected, as well as celebrating all the fundraising that takes place throughout the year.
“It’s going to be a real family affair for us, with my 6-year old daughter, my husband and my sister-in-law all taking part in the event,” Kate added.
Whether you have a personal reason for wanting to take part or are simply looking for a new challenge, we would love you to get together with your friends, family or work colleague and enter the event.
To find out more about Relay For Life or to get involved visit www.cancerreseachuk.org/relay
This is a guest post from Katie Chapelle who is a volunteer for Cancer Research