New venue, theme for team relay

Celebrate, remember and fight back by registering for this year's Relay for Life at new venue Awapuni Stadium

Celebrate, remember and fight back by registering for this year's Relay for Life at new venue Awapuni Stadium

TWO DAYS TO GO: Gisborne-East Coast Cancer Society manager Judy Livingston (left) and administrator Diane Waugh are making final prepartions for the 2017 Relay for Life. The fundraising event is being held at Awapuni Stadium this year over 25 hours, starting from midday on Saturday. File picture by Rebecca Grunwell

CELEBRATE, remember and fight back. That is the theme of this year’s new- look Relay for Life being held at the new venue of Awapuni Stadium. But time is starting to run out for team organisers to contact Gisborne-East Coast Cancer Society. The event is scheduled for the weekend of March 18 and 19.

“We rely on the generosity of Relay for Life participants and supporters,’’ said Judy Livingston, manager of the cancer society. “The money raised by Relay for Life supporters makes a massive difference to cancer patients across Gisborne and East Coast by ensuring we have the funds to provide information brochures, one-on-one support, transport to oncology appointments, therapeutic massage, counselling, breast-fitting services, community health education, Sunsmart campaigns and other support services.

'Couldn't do it without your support'

“The Cancer Society receives no government funding and relies on Relay for Life, Daffodil Day and garage sales. We really appreciate the support of the corporates and the community. We couldn’t do what we do without their support.’’

The noon Saturday to noon Sunday 24-hour relay is opened with a blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony before the cancer survivors’ lap launches the walking.

“This is where we acknowledge the survivors and the people who supported them on their journey,’’ said Ms Livingston. “They do the first lap — it’s quite emotional and everyone applauds them as they make their way around the track. “On the second lap, everyone can join in.”

Registration is now open for those who wish to take part in the survivors lap. Survivors and carers do not have to be part of a Relay for Life team to participate.

Dusk and 'the night shift'

Dusk at the relay is marked by a remembrance service. Ms Livingston advises team organisers to encourage and inspire team members to walk “the night shift”.

“It’s a great time of reflection, remembrance and bonding with others, walking at night. We want to enhance that vibe.”

The early morning hours, around 2am to 3am, were more popular than many people would think.

“Firefighters walking at that time last year, while wearing breathing apparatus, counted 150 people on the track.”

Innovations and entertainment

The Cancer Society has introduced other innovations this year including competitions, one involving a team challenge. Teams can have a theme and decorate their campsite accordingly. A wide range of entertainment includes country and reggae music and kapa haka, while a Zumba session early on Sunday morning will help walkers loosen up. Some food and cold drinks will be available.

The new venue means vehicles, including caravans, will not able to be parked within the venue as at the A and P Showgrounds. But parking is plentiful outside and security will be provided, said Ms Livingston.

Set-up and organisation

Registered participants will be given a wristband, and access to Awapuni Stadium will be closed at 11pm for safety reasons. All team organisers are asked to attend a meeting at the Awapuni School hall next Tuesday at 5.30pm.

Another meeting will be held onsite at Awapuni Stadium on Tuesday, March 14, at 5.30pm. Teams will be able to set up their tent site on March 17 (Friday) between 3pm and 6pm and on the following day between 8am and 10.30am.

A final meeting for team organisers is scheduled for 11am, just one hour before this year’s Relay for Life begins.

“Organising Relay for Life is well in hand,’’ said Ms Livingston. But teams can still register. “We hope to get about 50 teams.”

The Cancer Society, located on the grounds of Gisborne Hospital, can be contacted at judygiscancer@xtra.co.nz or on 867-1795.

CELEBRATE, remember and fight back. That is the theme of this year’s new- look Relay for Life being held at the new venue of Awapuni Stadium. But time is starting to run out for team organisers to contact Gisborne-East Coast Cancer Society. The event is scheduled for the weekend of March 18 and 19.

“We rely on the generosity of Relay for Life participants and supporters,’’ said Judy Livingston, manager of the cancer society. “The money raised by Relay for Life supporters makes a massive difference to cancer patients across Gisborne and East Coast by ensuring we have the funds to provide information brochures, one-on-one support, transport to oncology appointments, therapeutic massage, counselling, breast-fitting services, community health education, Sunsmart campaigns and other support services.

'Couldn't do it without your support'

“The Cancer Society receives no government funding and relies on Relay for Life, Daffodil Day and garage sales. We really appreciate the support of the corporates and the community. We couldn’t do what we do without their support.’’

The noon Saturday to noon Sunday 24-hour relay is opened with a blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony before the cancer survivors’ lap launches the walking.

“This is where we acknowledge the survivors and the people who supported them on their journey,’’ said Ms Livingston. “They do the first lap — it’s quite emotional and everyone applauds them as they make their way around the track. “On the second lap, everyone can join in.”

Registration is now open for those who wish to take part in the survivors lap. Survivors and carers do not have to be part of a Relay for Life team to participate.

Dusk and 'the night shift'

Dusk at the relay is marked by a remembrance service. Ms Livingston advises team organisers to encourage and inspire team members to walk “the night shift”.

“It’s a great time of reflection, remembrance and bonding with others, walking at night. We want to enhance that vibe.”

The early morning hours, around 2am to 3am, were more popular than many people would think.

“Firefighters walking at that time last year, while wearing breathing apparatus, counted 150 people on the track.”

Innovations and entertainment

The Cancer Society has introduced other innovations this year including competitions, one involving a team challenge. Teams can have a theme and decorate their campsite accordingly. A wide range of entertainment includes country and reggae music and kapa haka, while a Zumba session early on Sunday morning will help walkers loosen up. Some food and cold drinks will be available.

The new venue means vehicles, including caravans, will not able to be parked within the venue as at the A and P Showgrounds. But parking is plentiful outside and security will be provided, said Ms Livingston.

Set-up and organisation

Registered participants will be given a wristband, and access to Awapuni Stadium will be closed at 11pm for safety reasons. All team organisers are asked to attend a meeting at the Awapuni School hall next Tuesday at 5.30pm.

Another meeting will be held onsite at Awapuni Stadium on Tuesday, March 14, at 5.30pm. Teams will be able to set up their tent site on March 17 (Friday) between 3pm and 6pm and on the following day between 8am and 10.30am.

A final meeting for team organisers is scheduled for 11am, just one hour before this year’s Relay for Life begins.

“Organising Relay for Life is well in hand,’’ said Ms Livingston. But teams can still register. “We hope to get about 50 teams.”

The Cancer Society, located on the grounds of Gisborne Hospital, can be contacted at judygiscancer@xtra.co.nz or on 867-1795.

  • All team organisers are asked to attend a meeting at the Awapuni School hall next Tuesday at 5.30pm.
  • Another meeting will be held onsite at Awapuni Stadium on Tuesday, March 14, at 5.30pm.
  • Teams will be able to set up their tent site on March 17 (Friday) between 3pm and 6pm and on the following day between 8am and 10.30am.
  • A final meeting for team organisers is scheduled for 11am, just one hour before this year’s Relay for Life begins.

The Cancer Society, located on the grounds of Gisborne Hospital, can be contacted at judygiscancer@xtra.co.nz or on 867-1795.

Your email address will not be published. Comments will display after being approved by a staff member. Comments may be edited for clarity.

Poll

  • Voting please wait...
    Your vote has been cast. Reloading page...
    How do you rate National’s election-year Budget?