Over the last few years, Campus Living Centres has partnered with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life program. Relay for Life is a fun, inspirational 12-hour fundraising event that brings together everyone from the community to celebrate life and to raise funds to help the fight against cancer. This non-competitive event includes a variety of activities including craft projects, live bands and performers, and carnival games. Individuals are placed in teams that raise money to assist the Canadian Cancer Society. During the event, teams come together with cancer survivors at local community areas, and take turns walking laps over the course of 12-hours.
This past year, students in the residences at Niagara College – Welland campus, Niagara College – Niagara-on-the-Lake campus, Durham College, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Centennial College, Seneca College - Newnham campus, and Seneca College - King campus organized and participated in four different Relay for Life events. Between the students and residence staffs from each participating campus residence, over 250 individuals worked together to raise approximately $45,000.
Two committees were recognized for their efforts and dedication towards this powerful event. The Relay committee at Seneca College residence was awarded the Innovation Award by the Canadian Cancer Society and the Relay committee at Centennial College Residence was awarded the Centennial College President`s Spirit Award.
For more information about Relay for Life and the Canadian Cancer Society, please visit: http://convio.cancer.ca/site/PageServer?pagename=RFL_CAN_NATL_homepage&s_locale=en_CA
by Brian Freeman