Monday, 25 July 2011

Relay For Life 2011

Before i start , let me tell you a little thing what this Relay For Life is about  .

Relay For Life (often shortened to Relay) is the main volunteer-driven cancer fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. Originating in the United States, the Relay For Life event has spread to 21 countries. Relay events are held in local communities, campus universities, military bases, and in cyberspace. Although the main objective of Relay is to raise money for cancer research and cancer patients, the event is held to spread cancer awareness, celebrate the lives of survivors, remember those who lost their lives to cancer, and unite a community in the fight against cancer. It is estimated that Relay For Life events have raised over $3 billion to date. The first team to raise over $1 million is the Rosebud Miners, and the largest per capita fundraiser for a college or university is Loyola University Maryland. The largest virtual fundraising event is Relay For Life of Second Life, which has risen approximately $1,200,000 since 2004, including a record $373,098 in 2011.

The Origin 


In May 1985, Dr. Gordon Klatt, a colorectal surgeon from Tacoma, Washington, decided he wanted to raise money for the American Cancer Society in honor of his patients. For 24 hours, Klatt walked around the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Throughout the night, friends paid $25 to run or walk 30 minutes with him. He walked approximately 83 miles and raised $27,000 to fight cancer. Nearly 300 of Klatt's friends, family, and patients watched as he ran and walked the course. After this successful event, Klatt thought about how other people could partake in a similar 24-hour event in communities across the country. He recruited a small team of people and put on the first Relay For Life event in 1986.
Since then, Relay has developed into an overnight event where people bring tents and sleep out around the tracks. People of all ages come out to bring the community together and reminisce about their loved ones who have died of cancer and honor those who have survived while raising money to fight for a cure. Now, almost 4 million people take part in Relay events in over 5,000 communities in the United States.
Features

  • Most tend to go overnight.
  • Most events last 24 hours.
  • Most participants are a part of a team, consisting of approximately 8-15 people.
  • A Survivor Dinner.
  • A Survivor Lap, which starts the Relay event.
  • An Opening Lap, in which all the teams take a lap around the track carrying banners.
  • A Luminaria Ceremony, usually with a candlelight vigil to honor those who lost their lives to cancer.
  • A Closing Ceremony, including a final lap around the track in which everyone takes part. Awards are given to teams for various achievements, such as most laps walked and most money raised.
  • A "Fight Back" Ceremony, in which participants pledge to fight back against cancer in a number of ways. Nowadays, the “Fight Back” Ceremony is often the Closing Ceremony.



This is the Relay For Life 2011 logo .

So yeah , the Relay For Life is held at stadium UKM , Bangi starting from 6pm on 16 July 2011 until 10am on 17 July 2011 . It is a 16 hours  non stop carnival and event . 


So on 16 July 2011 , after i fetch my gf cousin , Qi tyng at 12pm , off we went to meet up wth my gf , Qi Wen . Then we had our lunch at Kenny Rogers before we meet Qi Wen friend as we are going in 2 cars , convoy at about 1.30pm . Qi Wen friend lead the way to stadium UKM , Bangi as i dont know how to go there .

Half way of the journey , my car broke down , I check , and discover that a paip below my car engine leaked . And my car temperature shoot up to almost H . So , i have no choice and to stop my car beside the highway . We asked another car to go first . So , i decided to call AAM. Waited for about 2 hours ++ at the roadside for the AAM . Then after AAM check my car  , they said my need to be towed . So , got to wait for the tow truck for about 1 hour . As it is already 5pm ++ and the event will start at 6pm , Qi Wen friend drive back to fetch her and Qi Tyng . The tow truck reach my car before Qi Wen friend. So i had no choice but to ask the tow truck to  leave Qi Wen and Qi Tyng at a Shell Station nearby . 

So , i reach my regular workshop at about 6.30pm , and they directly service and change the leaked pipe , and as my car thermostat jam , they changed it as well . 

After my car serviced and back to normal condition at about 8pm , i drive to Stadium UKM , Bangi myself . It is not hard to go to UKM Bangi . I found my way to there easily.

I reach the Stadium UKM , Bangi at about 8.30pm . I was late , but luckily i reach just when the climax of the night , Luminaria ceremony start . I mange to see the Luminaria ceremony . It is so nice . Thousand of Luminaria light were put on the track of the stadium to remember and honor those who lost their lives to cancer . 


The Luminaria light . 

I should had do a Luminaria light for my dad too . My dad lost his lives to cancer too . But i am too late to do so . 

After the Luminaria ceremony  finish , together we all walk on the track for the opening lap . 


Me 

Qi Wen and Qi Tyng

After the Luminaria ceremony end , it is the opening ceremony . 

I went to Relay For Life as a volunteer . Me , Qi Wen , Qi Tyng , and few of Qi Wen friend in charge of selling NCSM merchandise at NCSM booth . 

Now , let me show you around the event place . 

The big stadium field

NCSM booth / tent

NCSM booth / tent 

NCSM Merchandise booth / tent where i work at . 


Columbia Asia tent



Cancer survivor booth / tent. 


The tent for participant .

There were HOPE for cancer

F&B area 

Oh yeah , there were Starbucks Van at the F&B area too , and the Frapp only cost RM12 . 

The Starbucks Van 

The NCSM booth merchandise .

The whole stadium .

And here's some of the performance for the night .

Indian dance . 

Performance by the Cancer Survivor .

Oh yeah , the volunteer are given a RM10 food voucher . So , i use RM 4 to buy meehoon Goreng , another RM 3 to buy a Ramly Burger , and another RM 3 to buy a Roti John for dinner and supper for the night . 

The performance officially ended at 12.30am . But all the booth are still operating as usual . We were required to stay awake to work and sell the merchandise for the whole night . But at last all of us cant stand the sleepiness  and went to the car to nap at 2am . But i didn't nap much . At about 5am , we back to the booth to help out and work . And at around 7am , we buy thosai to eat as our breakfast.

Throughout the whole night , there are a lot of team that walk on the track non stop . 

And at about 8am , the performance resume . there are few aerobics and yoga instructor were on stage to ask us to do yoga , and dance aerobic to wake us up . It was quite fun to join in and dance . It is a good exercise . 

At about 10am , we run the final lap around the track for the closing ceremony . 


We clean the booth and leave the stadium at about 10.30am . 

Although i am tired after the event , I glad to that i join and be part of  Relay For Life 2011 . It is for a good cause . 

I will definitely join Relay For Life again next year ! 

Till then . Bye  

2 comments:

  1. It looked like a really meaningful event, hopefully I'll get to join next year too (:

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  2. Hilda : Yeap , it is a meaningful event , join next year la . =D

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