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'Carnival in July' to raise funds for cancer care

Published:Saturday | July 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Marilyn Williams, manager of the St Mary/St Ann branch of the Jamaica Cancer Society.

Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer


THE ST Ann branch of the Jamaica Cancer Society has brought forward its Relay for Life event this year, setting July 26 as the date. This year's theme is 'Carnival in July'.

The event, which usually takes place in August, will be held at its customary venue: Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios.

Over the years, the event has raised millions of dollars for the Cancer Society in its quest to assist persons with cancer and survivors through programmes of education, screening, and early detection, counselling, mobile screening, and outreach.

Relay for Life involves teams of 10 or more people taking turns walking or running around a track, just like a typical relay, for the duration of the event.

Participants come from a variety of areas such as corporate businesses, churches, schools, service clubs, and other organisations. Sometimes teams are formed to support a person who is fighting or has lost the battle with cancer.

Team members each pay a registration fee of $800 and are asked to raise $5,000 in donations to support the Jamaica Cancer Society, St Ann & St Mary branch.

Branch manager Marilyn Williams said the event will be more than just fund-raising and in fact will be fun.

"Teams will camp around the track and participate in a variety of activities while waiting their turn to relay. There will be on-stage entertainment and lots of fun in the Kids Corner, so we have something for all," Williams stated in a release.

Williams is again appealing for support for the event.

The first lap of the relay will be led by cancer survivors and begins at 6:00 p.m. The event will last 12 hours and end at six the following morning.