Relay for Life is an annual fundraising event that St Francis Xavier College Team of students from all three campuses have participated in for the past three years. 94 enthusiastic St Francis Xavier students walked for the College team this year. A passionate group of staff attended to supervise and participate also. It is impossible to name all the participants in such a short article, but each and every person that attended should be very proud of the achievements at the relay for Life in 2017
This event is an initiative of the Cancer Council and the popularity of this local event gets bigger every year. Many other SFX students with other teams were also present at Akoonah Park for the overnight activity from Friday, 3 March until 6.00pm on Saturday, 4 March 2017. It is awe inspiring to have participated in this occasion with so many of our young people and their families.
The aim of the event is for all teams to participate by walking (or running) a continuous 24 hour relay. The relay honours those who have lost their lives to cancer, those who have survived and carers of those with cancer. Most of our students have a personal story to share and have been affected by this disease in one way or another; thus their motivation for participation.
Fundraising totals are set and the students were very active in participating in activities such as a Bunnings BBQ, Cadbury chocolate fundraising, individual fundraising activities, raffles and a Silent Auction in order to raise funds for this fantastic cause. The team set a goal of raising $5000 in 2017 and we exceeded our goal by raising in excess of $7380. These much needed funds are donated to the Cancer Council.
As a result of these wonderful efforts this year, we also gained a research grant for a nominated cancer. Tara Medlan (Year 7, Officer Campus) had the highest personal fundraising total and so she had the honour of nominating Pancreatic Cancer to receive our research award.
We are looking forward to the Relay in 2018 and raising more funds for this wonderful cause.