The ‘Relay for Life’ held on April 1st and 2nd in Rolleston, raised funds for the Canterbury West Coast Cancer Society to provide  support services for cancer patients, their families and those that support them. The funds also help vital cancer research and provides the public with information on reducing the risk of cancer through a smoke free, sun smart, healthy lifestyle.

The ‘SWATT’ team from Rolleston entered in the relay, inspired to raise funds and take part in this event by friends, and family members who have battled, and who still are battling, cancer.

Jo Cummings, a member of the SWATT team commented on the Relay for Life experience.

“Our team was called SWATT (Sprinters, Walkers and Trash Talkers) and throughout the relay we had over fifteen relay team members, as well as many supporters, young and old, who came along, donated and walked a few laps with us.  The motivation to be part of this event came initially from my son’s diagnosis of Leukemia just over two years ago and watching him go through the horrendous journey that is cancer. We recognise the importance of support during these hard times for everyone with a cancer diagnosis.  As a team, each and every member has been affected in some way by cancer – as a collective group we have children, parents, partners, colleagues, friends, grandparents, siblings and other family members who have battled cancer, as well as knowing families in our community that are affected as well.”

With a goal of raising $150, the SWATT team raised a whopping $1,782.90 – certainly an outstanding effort going to a wonderful cause.