Abagold supports CANSA Relay For Life!
The CANSA Relay For Life concept was created as an all-night event to represent the fact that cancer never sleeps. A cancer patient endures months and sometimes years of treatment and life changing issues. Staying overnight at the Relay is one small way that participants symbolise and support the struggles of cancer patients and their families.
It represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those facing cancer will be supported and that one day cancer will be overcome.
At Relay For Life, teams enter and members take turns to walk or run around a track for 12 to 24 hours. For the first time this year Abagold entered and managed to fill two teams. The brave staff members and friends participating in our teams this year were: Christo & Anzel du Plessis, Johan, Anneline and Nina Hugo, Christiaan, Adele, Chizelle and Tiaan de Wet, Denis Usher, Werner Piek, Jolene de Klerk, Janice and James Taylor, Franceline Gardiner, Beauty Mgwedane, Varsti Coert, Jaco Smit, Philip and Arina Fyfer, Nanette Ras, Dieter Lauff, Ergee and Madelein du Toit, Anneleen de Beer, Chane and Werner de Goede.
As part of fundraising and showing support CANSA had a “Shave or Spray” stall, where team members could have their hair either shaved off or sprayed. None of our team members were brave enough to do the shave, but the colourful hairspray went down quite well!
The first lap around the track was lead by cancer survivors from the local community, followed by the different teams. After dark, an inspirational Luminaria Ceremony took place where candles placed in bags lined the track in memory of those who lost the fight and in honour of survivors. Throughout the night these candles were a reminder of why we continue to fight.
The Abagold choir, under the leadership of Elizabeth Mabuya entertained the crowd with their beautiful voices.
The Relay lasted 18 hours, starting at 16:00 on Saturday afternoon the 26th of March and ending at sunrise on Sunday. Some of us took naps inbetween (and some disappeared for a short while!) but for all of us at Abagold, this was one of the most inspirational and moving experiences that will be remembered for a long time.