Cancer changes lives.
All of us at Mairin OHS&E Consulting have been witness to the impacts of cancer and the effect it can have on sufferers and all those in their lives. This year we decided as a collective to help in some way.
Relay for Life is an annual overnight community event where teams participate in a relay style walk (or run) with the goal to raise money for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention and support programs.
‘Mairin Safety Shufflers’ entered ‘Latrobe Relay for Life’ for the first time in 2015.
We entered the Relay for Life with the initial ambitious aim of keeping someone on the track for the entire 18 hours of the event! Most importantly however we wanted to raise money for the Cancer Council.
The event was an experience for all that attended. The carer and survivors lap, candlelight ceremony and the slideshow were highlights of the weekend and especially moving.
Another notable feature was the social nature of the event.
Some quotes from staff of their highlights from the weekend:
- “Selling helium balloons and other fun items from our stall, the enjoyment the children were having and being able to interact with them in this way. These are things which are outside the experiences normally associated with the work that we do”
- “They sold hot jam donuts”
- “Prodding Jenna to wake her up and get her on the track for her turn at 3am”
Many hours of hard work were put in by our staff, friends and family to organise the team and the fundraising. Knowing the money we raised was going to a great cause made the event a very rewarding experience.
After participating in this wonderful event, plus the encouragement that we received along the way, we hope to continue entering the Relay for Life for many years to come.