… Is it a plane… Is it a bird! It is CANSA Relay Superheroes!
CENTURION – 1200 Individuals representing 32 corporates, sponsors and partners of CANSA united in support for the 250 cancer survivors at this year’s CANSA Relay For Life Corporate Event.
The commitment of the committee and the continued support of the teams ensured that this event could again set the tone for corporate awareness of cancer in the workplace. Every company represented attended to celebrate and remember those who lives have been affected by this disease and to stand together in unity to fight back.
Survivors arrived in the early afternoon to enjoy the VIP treatment offered. Photographs were taken and time was given to meet and greet each other. After an impactful Opening Ceremony where Sonia Katzenburg, CANSA Global Hero of Hope shared her cancer journey, the cancer survivors opened the event with the Survivors Lap.
The CANSA Relay For Life Corporate was honoured by the attendance of the CEO of the Zambian Cancer Society, Udie Soko – a cancer survivor herself. She together with the chairperson Elise Fourie (also a cancer survivor), Sonia Katzenberg and two young cancer survivors led the 250 survivors around the track. Companies lined the track and encouraged them as they walked this lap of victory. The Triumph Old Motors Club provided VIP transport for those not fit enough or wishing to do this lap in style. As the survivors approached the stage, a cloud of bubbles covered them.
Our caregivers were acknowledged by their lap of honour – leaving the stage area covered in bubbles. Their survivors joined them for a second lap. This special lap’s emotional impact could be seen on the faces of both survivors and caregivers.
This was a great start to an event filled with ‘Super Heroes’! As the teams displayed their banners and super hero outfits. Music provided a great atmosphere and the team spirit was evident participating in the various themed laps throughout the night.
During the Luminaria Ceremony, the Denel Sports Ground was lit only by the luminaria bags around the track – individuals were given the opportunity to reflect on those lives lost and those battles still being fought. The ceremony was concluded with a lap in total silence with each individual carrying the bag representing a loved one around the track and then a very emotional moment when one of the committee members decided to shave off his long hair in solidarity with the cancer survivors.
Themed laps, laser shows and great entertainers ensured that the time ticked by quickly. The teams visited the CANSA Service Delivery area and participated in the Zumba dancing every hour – making sure that all stayed awake throughout the night.
A very big thank you to our CANSA Relay For Life Corporate committee for such a successful event.