Hope for Relay for Life

Ashburton Contracting Ltd's Kathy Jack, left, and Emma Prichard sold personalised glass tumblers as part of the company's Relay for Life fundraising.

The Mid Canterbury Cancer Society and Relay For Life committee are continuing with plans for Relay For Life next month, hopeful of a change in covid restrictions.

The event will take place at the Ashburton Domain Oval on Saturday, October 16 from 10am to 10pm.

Cancer Society’s Mid Canterbury Centre manager Annie Bonifant said preparations were continuing ‘‘for this wonderful community event in the hope we will be in Alert Level 1’’.

Relay For Life is an opportunity for the community to get together to remember loved ones lost to cancer, celebrate cancer survivors and those going through cancer currently, and to fight back against cancer by raising funds to support the Cancer Society’s research, advocacy and support services.

“We are thrilled to have 59 teams registered to participate in this Relay For Life and teams can still register on our website www.midcanterbury.relayforlife.org.nz,” Mrs Bonifant said.

Team McLeod, set up by the family of the late-Charlotte McLeod, is one of the teams entered who have been busy with fundraising activities including a fashion show, running araffle in conjunction with Morrison’s Saddlery and auctioning a Richie Mo’unga World Cup rugby jersey.

They have also been selling lamingtons, salmon and glitter jars and have a lolly jar competition running at Chicago Joes.

“We are doing the Relay For Life for our beautiful little girl who lost her battle to cancer in June,” Charlotte’s mother, Hayley, said.

“We are also doing it to help support the Cancer Society who were an enormous support for myself and my family when I was going through breast cancer treatment.”

Also fundraising for Relay For Life are staff from Ashburton Contracting Ltd who have goal to raise $15,000 this year, topping the $12,500 they raised for the event three years ago.

Staff from Ashburton Contracting are selling personalised glass tumblers and coffee cups as a way to ‘raise a glass to celebrate, support, or remember someone special that has battled’.

The glassware costs $10 each, or $35 for four, and can be printed with any personalised name or message.

Orders can be made by calling the company, or via message on their Facebook page.

Staff will also be manning a barbecue during the Relay for Life selling bacon and egg butties and steak sandwiches at meal times.

Fundraising this year is more important than ever since the Cancer Society was unable to hold its Daffodil Day street collection last month due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Cancer Society manager Annie Bonifant said there was plenty of encouragement for teams to keep up their fundraising efforts.

‘‘(We) would love it if Mid Cantabrians would show their support by donating to their favourite team on the Mid Canterbury Relay for Life website.

‘‘We also want to acknowledge our four major event sponsors for this year’s Relay For Life – a huge thank you to Property Brokers, Midlands Seeds, Argyle Welsh Finnigan and Paterson’s Funeral Services for their support.”