Kieran Maingot, this year’s USC Charity Coordinator had worked tirelessly in preparation for this years Relay for Life event. The event, which is one of the longest running relay events in Canada, started on March 2nd at 7pm and ran for 12 hours, with the goal of spreading awareness and raising money in support of the Canadian Cancer Society and the fight against cancer.
Relay for Life is an overnight event which was started by the American Cancer Society. Over 5000 Relay for Life events are held each year in over 20 countries around the world in order to raise money for cancer research. The event brings the respective community together to honour loved ones lost to cancer and those still battling. “Relay is a really important event that really hits close to home for so many students, we feel it has a real impact”, said Maingot. Along the candle lit track participants had the option to write the names of those they are relaying for on luminary bags each year.
Maingot set ambitious fundraising goals. Last year the event raised over $50,000 and this year he is aiming to exceed $75,000 in donations to the Canadian Cancer Society. “We’re really lucky that the Western community really throws their support behind this event, we get a really great turnout.” Currently, the initiative has raised approximately $50,000 and students still have the option to continue their fundraising something that the portfolio has emphasized promoting. Over the last five years, Relay for Life has raised over $250,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Participants in this year’s Relay for Life were able to participate in fun and engaging events all night long. This included Karaoke at the Spoke, various games and activities, a silent disco, and banner painting. Relay also hosted a Luminary ceremony where survivors spoke to attendees, allowing students to see the impact of their fundraising.
Liam Cronin, second-year student and Relay for Life participant describes the event as a meaningful way to give back,“USC Charity, through the events they organize give students the opportunity to come together and unite against a common cause. Cancer touches the lives of so many and it’s awesome to be able to give back while having a blast”
For students still looking to get involved and/or donate can check out the UWO Relay for Life facebook page here. Students can also apply for Relay for Life committee positions as they come available here.