What is Your Victory Dance?

So, we are offically 24 hours away (can you believe we will be walking that long?!) from starting our Relay in Centennial Park here in Sydney Australia!

To get everyone pumped up, we have created a video showcasing some of our participant’s victory dances celebrating their participation in Relay, and the fight they have put up against cancer. We will continue to film these fantastic dances, and hopefully have them all on display soon! Feel free to get in contact with me if you have a great victory dance you would like to showcase! I’m sure you are all very creative! 🙂

While I am looking forward to the outstandling line up of events we have (Yoga, Kickboxing, Masterchef star Audra Morrice showing us some healthy eating tips), I know that come Sunday afternoon when it is all over, I will be exhausted!

It is pretty amazing though to see a whole year of planning come together for one amazing day (similar to a wedding…like mine…in 6 weeks!), totally organised by volunteers who were merely strangers 12 months ago. Well done to my committee! Today our volunteers were all recognized at Cancer Council for all their hard work and rewarded with some free food (Yum!), and achievement awards.

So looking foward to this great event tomorrow. What a great way to celebrate my birthday! If you are in the area, check out our website on details on how to join…www.relay.cancercouncil.com.au, and search for Eastern Suburbs.

Here is to 2013…over $116,000 and counting. Way to go!!

Cheers,
Jackie

Snapshot of Relay: What and Why?

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=B82c78dBhyM

So let’s start from the beginning…I joined Relay For Life in 2011 as a participant in a work team. For those that don’t know, why don’t you know?! Ok ok, I forgive you..let me tell you!

Relay For Life happens all over the world in over 21 countries. Last year, even Antarctica participated! This event has teams of 10-15 who walk around a track relay style to help raise money for cancer research and support. Big deal huh? Well actually, we do this for 24 hours straight! Or motto? Cancer doesn’t sleep, so neither do we! In 2012, over 500 people joined us for this great cause in the Eastern Suburbs of NSW Australia.

This year in 2013, we are a week out from our event, and coincidentally my birthday! I joined the official Relay committee in 2012 as a media marketing coordinator and haven’t been able to stay away. This event is entirely organised by volunteers who take time out of their week (after going to their day job) to create a spectacular event for all ages. The best part is the community coming together and supporting everyone whether directly affected by cancer or not.

So what’s my story? While I have been lucky enough to stay away from the beast that is cancer, my fiancé Paul’s mother died from Leukiema when he was only 3. He has very little memories of his mum and wonders day to day what she was like, what personality traits he gets from her, and who she was as a person. I use Relay to raise awareness and fight back against others having to go through the same scenario. Together we can raise awareness on health, nutrition and lifestyles which are all great ways to fight back against cancer.

Have a look at our highlights video from last year, we had a great time and were lucky enough to raise over $220,000!

See you soon and stop back in to see how we are preparing for Relay and pump us up for our event on Saturday 18th May!

Cheers!
Jackie