NZ – Relay for Life, Hawkes Bay was held in February at the Hastings Sports Park

This was an inspiring community event that gave everybody a chance to celebrate cancer survivors and carers; remember loved ones lost to cancer; and fight back by raising awareness and funds to support the work of the Cancer Society.

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This was a 12-hour event – starting at 11am and finishing at 11pm. 90 teams entered the relay which brought along 1600 participants & their supporters.

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Relay for Life began with a moving Opening Ceremony.  A drum roll, a Haka then the cancer survivors and carers lead the first lap of the event. After that their teams continued these laps for the next 12 hours. Later in the evening, a Candlelight Ceremony was held to remember loved ones affected by cancer.

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It was an extremely hot Hawkes Bay Day and the Rapid Relief Team was on hand with water, they gave out over 3 tonne of water throughout the day along with apples, bananas peaches and plums. The Rapid Relief Team also provided food & drinks to the VIP Team – this was the team that raised the most money for the relay, The Beef Busters from Silver Fern Farms, great effort on their part!

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The Rapid Relief Team was pleased to be part of this inspiring day and support the Cancer Society in their effort to raise over $100,000.

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