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Community Invited to Relay for Life ONLINE Friday, March 19th

Community Invited to Relay for Life ONLINE Friday, March 19th

Date: Monday, March 15, 2021

 For the past 15 years, St. Jerome’s University (SJU) has hosted the annual Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event with a 12 hour fundraiser filled with commemorative, fun activities, and entertainment on campus. In 2020, the event was cancelled due to the pandemic, but on Friday, March 19th at 7:00 p.m. it returns in a new ONLINE FORMAT. The organizers are encouraging SJU community members, alumni, and current students to continue the Relay tradition, and have extended an invitation to the University of Waterloo community to join them also.


“Typically we can get more than enough participants solely through SJU,” noted student Kaitlyn Bergsma, who was an event team captain for three years, prior to becoming a co-chair in 2020, and co-chair this year with fellow student Luke Zettel.  “We extended our search for participants to the entire University of Waterloo community. We would also love for any SJU alumni to join us from wherever they are currently situated.”


With nearly one in two Canadians expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, most people know someone whose life has been changed by this disease. The Relay for Life fundraiser, which started in the United States in 1985, gives participants the opportunity to show their support for the survivors in our communities, remember those that have been lost, and prove that together, we are bigger than cancer. The event provides hope to all Canadians through their cancer journey.


SJU’s Relay for Life is hosting a schedule of events on March 19th that includes Opening Ceremonies at 7:00 p.m.; a Survivor Ceremony at 7:15 p.m.; entertainment and activities from 7:45 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; followed by a Luminary Ceremony and more entertainment and activities before the closing ceremonies at 9:30 p.m.


Interested participants are asked to register online and join a team, set up around movie themes to add to the fun of the event. Teams and donations are being accepted and tracked on a leader board online. Draws will be held for all participants at the event, with additional draws for those who raise $50 or more; and those who have raised $100 or more.


“Our goal is to raise $35,000, however we understand that may be ambitious this year,” added Bergsma. “Because we are offering this unique opportunity to participate online, we hope that it will encourage people to sign up, or at least donate to this important cause.”


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