What Is Relay For Life?
Relay For Life is a unique, challenging and fun way to raise money for the Jamaica Cancer Society in any community, large or small – and to raise awareness of cancer and the work of the Jamaica Cancer Society. Relay For Life is a celebration!
This celebration is more than a fund-raiser; it’s an event that reaches into the community to bring together neighbors, friends, work associates and families to celebrate those who have survived cancer and to remember those who have not.
The Relay For Life concept involves a team of walkers/runners competing against each other to raise the most money and to stay all night at the event. The event is a relay that lasts for an extended period of time–an overnight event of 12-15 hours… because “cancer never sleeps.”
The event is usually held at a location with a track (high school, college, etc.) where teams of 10-15 people from corporations, hospitals, civic groups, churches and families take turns walking in relay fashion. One team member at a time walks, jogs or runs around the track at all times throughout the 12-15 hours. While the Relay is going on, a community party atmosphere is created by team members camping out, enjoying entertainment, food, games and camaraderie.
The Relay begins in the early evening usually at 6pm with team members gathering for an opening ceremony. At this time the honored guests – cancer survivors – begin the Relay with an opening lap after which team members alternate every half hour running or walking around the track. Participants enter and leave the track from a central point, such as the start/finish line. Only one team member is allowed on the track at a time. At 10pm, a candlelight ceremony is held to honor survivors and remember those who lost the battle against cancer. During this time, Luminaria (candles in bags) are placed around the track–each bearing the name of a cancer survivor or a cancer victim. As the lights are turned off, and the candles luminate the nighttime sky, each name is read aloud in a most inspiring and memorable service. Walking continues throughout the night, reminding us that cancer never stops for nighttime. At the end of the relay, a party is held to award prizes and plaques.
This is a donation event. Each team member is asked to raise a minimum of $5000 from donors before the event. Soliciting donations instead of pledges ensures that all money is collected before the event.
In addition to donations, a team registration fee of $1,000 per team member is required.
Relay For Life… an event that brings a community together to fight back against this dreaded disease called CANCER. Won’t you join us in the fight???