Teams present novel ideas for Relay for Life

NICCI MCDOUGALL
Last updated 09:01 20/01/2014
Lyndal Ludlow
NICOLE GOURLEY/Fairfax NZ

USEFUL GARMENTS: Cancer Society Relay For Life Southland 2014 event co-ordinator Lyndal Ludlow checks out Bra Pong, a fundraiser which will be used during the relay.

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Bra Pong will be among several fundraising endeavours at this year's southern Cancer Society Relay For Life.

Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back is the message of the seventh relay, which typically draws many teams and requires hundreds of volunteers and thousands of volunteer hours.

Cancer Society Relay For Life Southland 2014 event co-ordinator Lyndal Ludlow said about 80 teams of 10 or more had entered the 22-hour relay so far but there was capacity for 120.

Teams started fundraising months ago, with one already up to about $6000. The previous Southland relay raised $204,000.

The funds stayed in Southland and were used for everything from cancer research to supportive care, Mrs Ludlow said.

The overnight event was about fighting back, celebrating and acknowledging cancer survivors and remembering loved ones lost to cancer.

Mrs Ludlow said the event was important because cancer touched everyone's lives.

Southern bands, musicians and dance groups would donate their time during the 22 hours. Children's activities would be available and a "moving" candlelight ceremony would be held at dusk on the Saturday, she said.

One team would use Bra Pong, a game where people launched ping-pong balls into bra cups attached to a board, as a fundraiser.

The event, at Rugby Park, begins at noon on Saturday, March 1, with a survivors lap and finishes at 10am the next day.

Teams wanting to register can visit relayforlife.org.nz or contact the Cancer Society in Invercargill. The entry fee is $10 for each registered member. 

 

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