Deadline looms for relay entrants

SVEN HERSELMAN
Last updated 10:33 28/11/2012

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There is less than a month to go to the cut-off time for teams wanting to register for the Marlborough Cancer Society Relay for Life.

The relay takes place on March 2 at the Renwick Sports and Events Centre.

Teams of 10, made up of businesses, groups of friends or organisations are encouraged to show their support for the fight against cancer by joining the relay and raising funds in the months running up to it.

"We are setting the close of registrations as Christmas this year," said Marlborough Cancer Society centre manager Margot Wilson. "We have also started the buildup a bit earlier this year."

By Thursday last week 18 teams had registered, with others still pending.

This was up on last year's number of teams.

Society volunteer Gavin Coombs explained that the relay is the finale to the fundraising and awareness campaign as well as a celebration of those who had beaten cancer, a remembrance to those had lost the battle and encouragement to those still fighting the disease.

"The first lap of the relay is a survivors lap where those who survived cancer walk with a big banner around the field while being applauded by everyone else. It is a great moment and very empowering," said Gavin, who was involved in the last relay.

The relay requires teams to have at least one member walking around the track at all times between 2.30pm on March 2 and 8am the following day. There will also be live entertainment on a stage.

"It is also great networking event for businesses and a great social event in general. Companies pay a lot for team building events and this is a brilliant one for free," added Gavin, who, like many people, has had someone close to him die from cancer.

Teams registering for the relay are required to raise funds in the run-up to the event through whatever means team members choose.

Sausage sizzles, raffles and securing pledges for every kilometre they cover during the relay are all popular choices.

The target for teams is $2000. Some raise less and some exceed the target.

It is a very important fund raising event for the Cancer Society.

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- The Marlborough Express

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