The South Coast edition of the CANSA Relay For Life will be held at Dezzi Raceway in Oslo Beach this weekend.
Under the slogan “Relay For Life is not a race around the track, but it’s a race to save lives”, South Coasters will unite to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those lost to cancer, honour those still fighting and fight back, as a community, against the dreaded disease and provide hope for a cure.
The event will start on Saturday at 5pm and run until 5am on Sunday.
Relay For Life is a fun, overnight team event, which is volunteer-driven and community owned.
At Relay, teams of 10-15 friends, neighbours, families and co-workers commit to having at least one team member walking around the track at all times for 18-24 hours, because “cancer neither slumbers nor sleeps”.
The Relay For Life event opens with a heartfelt Survivors’ Lap, honouring cancer survivors and their caregivers.
Survivors planning to attend the South Coast event are urged to contact the CANSA office on 039 682 7680 in advance to put their names down.
After sunset, tribute is paid in a very emotive Luminaria Ceremony by lighting candles inside luminaria bags which encircle the track.
These luminaria bags are dedicated to those who have the lost their battle, to those who are still fighting and to those who have won their struggle against cancer.
Teams camp out overnight around the track and enjoy entertainment, fun and camaraderie in a festival-like atmosphere.
Should you be interested in entering a team into the South Coast Relay For Life, contact Michelle Carless on 072 119 8802 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Diane Saunders on 039 682 7680 or email@example.com.
- Information services for cancer survivors, their families and the public: CANSA toll-free information service and the CANSA website
- Women’s health and Men’s Health programmes. More women and men will become aware of cancer risks, go for screening and remain active members of their communities.
- The dissemination of our internationally acclaimed CANCER COPING KIT to survivors. Comprising of two audio CDs, it helps those recently diagnosed with cancer, and their loved ones cope by providing information and practical tools to promote physical, emotional and mental well-being before and during treatment.
- Advocacy and watchdog functions to influence the State and Business sectors – and to protect all citizens from cancer risks.
- Youth programmes in schools focussing on balanced lifestyles and cancer prevention:
- Workplace and community cancer prevention programmes
- Screening events and clinics: women’s health, men’s health and spot-the-spot (skin screening clinics)
- Mobile health units delivering a service in resource poor communities: informal settlements, townships, farms and in deep rural areas
- CANSA provides home-from-home accommodation to patients undergoing cancer treatment at oncology clinics far from home. Guests at our Interim Home (Mkhuhla House) stay for an average of six weeks, and receive meals and transport to and from treatment centres.
- Care services for cancer survivors: facilitation of home-based care, emotional support, support groups, etc.
- Stoma services: product supply, consultation and fitting of stoma products for affected survivors
- Assistive devices (wheelchairs, walkers, egg-box mattresses, etc) and wigs to improve quality of life.