More on MAG's Relay for Life

written by Eloise Muir (in the Fifty Shades of Purple team)

This weekend, MAGS is sending a team of more than 100 people to the Cancer Society 
NZ, Relay for Life at AUT Millennium. Relay for Life is an overnight event where teams run, jog or (sleep) walk around a track. We hope to stay awake by enjoying all the live entertainment and fun activities going on around this marathon walking event. 
CANCER NEVER SLEEPS, so neither will we. We will walk in relays through the night.

During the Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony, candles 
are placed in decorated bags (available onsite) around the 
track, and there is a picture slideshow of loved ones who have suffered or are currently suffering from cancer. 
As you can imagine this is a very moving occasion...

Here's the program:

12.00pm: Teams start to arrive to set up camp and decorate their dedicated camp site
3.00pm:   Relay - Survivors afternoon tea **
3.45pm:  Opening Ceremony
4.00pm:  Opening lap led by survivors & carers followed by Survivors Afternoon Tea
9.00pm:  Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony
10.00pm: All non-registered visitors must go home. Visitors welcome again from 7am Sunday
11.00pm: Volleyball tournament. Overnight entertainment will continue as we relay through the night

6.30am:  Relay Big Breakfast is served to all registered participants
9.00am:  Fight Back Hour - everyone out for the last hour - to show our united stand against cancer.

10.00am: Closing Ceremony and final lap to Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back

Another important part of Relay for Life is the fundraising. 
We can be very proud of what we have achieved so far - MAGS is currently at the TOP of the leaderboard (after finally overtaking King's), with an incredible $35,000 raised. 
THANK YOU to everyone who has donated. We have smashed our original goal - beating last year's total! A large portion of our fundraising came from the mufti day last Friday, with over $5,049.00 raised. Well done MAGS.

Congratulations to our 3 highest student fundraisers, who raised more than $1000 each:

Theresa Anisi
Aimee Hunt
Bailey Bennett

** a survivor is anyone who has heard those three words "you have cancer"


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