AU – Gold Coast Relay for Life Welcomes RRT Assistance
On Saturday 17th September, the ‘Relay for Life’ event was held at Southport on the Gold Coast. The Rapid Relief Team had been asked to assist the Cancer Council staff at this event with job roles such as car parking, marshalling, greeting participants and assisting them by transporting their gear to the camp site.
Relay For Life was set up to recognise and celebrate those who have overcome cancer or are undergoing treatment, as well as the people who care for them. Relay for Life also provides an opportunity to celebrate the memory of loved ones lost to cancer.
Each Relay For Life event is organised by a local volunteer committee on behalf of the Cancer Council. Teams of 10–15, which are headed up by a team captain, who get together and fund raise year-round. Everyone then meets at the Relay to celebrate the amazing fundraising achievements of the past year. Teams participate in a relay-style walk or run, challenging themselves to stay on the track overnight. Each event is unique and you can stay for the whole event and camp overnight, enjoy the fun activities and attend the moving ceremonies that make Relay For Life so special.
Over 300 participants, event organisers from the Cancer Council Queensland and 15 Rapid Relief Team (RRT) volunteers met at the Gold Coast University to support this commendable cause.
RRT arrived on site around 9:30am and was welcomed with open arms from CCQ organisers. “It’s overwhelming to see a professional group turn up and help out for the day. I can’t thank you all enough for coming along.”
Unloading participants’ cars, setting up their facilities and carrying out traffic control to ensure the safety of everyone kept RRT on their toes.
The RRT sausage sizzle was a welcome surprise for all present. Sausages on bread were hand delivered to each campsite which was greatly appreciated by all participants.
Throughout the day, team members watched for opportunities to carry out tasks which would contribute to the event flowing smoothly.
CCQ ended the day with a band which commenced with a thank you speech to RRT for all their help and support during the day, which finished up with all RRT volunteers completing a lap around the walking track before they left for the day.
As the Rapid Relief Team finished their duties, they left the dedicated teams walking through the long night in their efforts to raise the much needed funds to stamp out the terrible disease that touches the lives of so many.