Capes were flying and spirits were high on Saturday when superheroes young and old took to the track for the Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.
Ten Cambridge teams were among the 42 teams that took part in the superhero-themed fundraiser at the Cambridge Raceway on March 10, keeping their baton moving around the track for 12 hours in support of Kiwis affected by cancer.
They were joined on the day by cancer survivors, who were honoured during the opening lap, and around 350 spectators who came along to show their support.
“We have a huge range of people that take part from across the region – from family teams to businesses, schools and community groups. It was great to see everyone dressed up and really enjoying the event that they’ve worked so hard to fundraise for,” said Catriona Findlay, fundraising manager for the Cancer Society.
Catriona said final figures are still being tallied but the total amount raised from the event will be more than $62,000.
Money raised will stay in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty region and help the Cancer Society to provide a range of supportive care services including transport to medical appointments, advice and information from support nurses and accommodation during treatment.
“The Cancer Society simply wouldn’t be able to operate without the generosity of the community. By taking part, all of you have made a real difference for people affected by cancer in our region,” Catriona said.