Relay to support cancer patients and survivors

Back: Shanice Walker, 18, from Beacon Valley, Shana-Lee Juries, 16, from Beacon Valley, Cole Juta, 16, from Beacon Valley, Shanice Leibrandt, 18, from Tafelsig, Amber Rodger, 17, from Morgenster and in front is David Merkeur, 17, form Lentegeur who were part of the Oval North Technical High School team at the event on Friday.

Four thousand people from Mitchell’s Plain filled the Westridge High School fields in support of the 13th annual Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) Relay For Life, which took place from Friday March 1 to Saturday March 2.

This event is one of six in the Cape Metro, with others taking place at Wingfield, Somerset West, Athlone, Atlantis, and Bellville.

People enter teams of 10 to 15 people, who walk around the field throughout the night to show their support for cancer patients and survivors.

“This is to feel and experience how uncomfortable the night can be. When the sun rises in the morning, there is light again and there is hope in the new morning,” said Leatitia Jordaan, Cansa Relay For Life coordinator.

The money they raise is for cancer services, patient support education and research.

“This event is to remind cancer patients and newly diagnosed patients that there is hope with the survivor’s lap. Raising funds is important to us, so that we can carry out the services, support and awareness to
communities,” said Ms Jordaan.