Yesterday our lovely neighbour rang to ask us to go with her to an event called “Relay for life” that is held every year in our small town to raise money for cancer research. Her brother in law helps organise the event and is a survivor of leukemia. Our boy was at his Grandma’s house for a visit so I decided to go and see what it was all about with my two girls (aged 11 and 10).
We were a bit taken aback when we went into the hall as there weren’t many people there and the ones that were had tables that were full. Then our friend found us with her two small girls and we signed up to do the walk and paid $60 and received our “free” Relay for Life official shirts.
There were a couple of speeches to welcome us and a lady I have known since I was 7 got up and told about how she beat cancer 25 years ago. People were everywhere with sashes over their shoulders that said “Survivor” or “Carer”. It was a lovely sight to see.
Next we congregated outside for the ceremonial walk of the cancer survivors and families. The group was all dressed in purple carrying a banner supporting “Relay for Life”. The next group was the children who walked around the track, representing hope and health and future.
During the afternoon we ate cake, played Trivia, met friends, danced to dreadful songs, had a juggling competition and finished with an auction of donated goods from all over town.
My girls loved it so much that I left them there with my neighbour while I went home to my son. (He has autism and really doesn’t like loud noises and that auction was ear-drum piercing!)
My husband who just arrived home from 4 days away at work took my place at the gathering and came home hours later with happy, exhausted girls.
Cancer is very close to our heart as my best friend from university died at 36 years from brain tumours that they think came from a melanoma that she had had cut out 8 years before!
We love you, Kate! (1964-1999)
Lovely day out! Brilliant concept for a VERY worthwhile cause!