Relay for Life
This year's event certainly received its deserved attention after being postponed twice due to bad weather. Relay for Life is an event to honour ALL cancer sufferers – and our cancer survivors are our Symbol of Life in this event. Since many survivors cannot come to the event in cold, wet weather, the Relay for Life committee had to make the decision twice, to respect and understand the position of our honoured guests, and postpone the event. From May 2013, to August 2013, we finally had our day on 1 February 2014 with the best weather we could have hoped for.
As is the norm, each department at the Beekman Group Head Office feverishly participated in fund raising initiatives, leading up to the event. Cake sales, raffles and competitions was the order of the day, and helped us hold our title for the Corporate Company who raised the most funds for CANSA as part of the Relay for Life project. Hannelie Millar, CSI representative for the Group said: "Here at head office alone we have had so many cases of staff, family and friends having to face the effects of cancer. I think only once you see what this battle involves, do you really understand why it is so important to finish another lap. As we walked the course, we remember Bram Beekman, the co-founder and chairman of the Beekman Group, who passed away at the age of 66 after a lengthy battle with cancer and supported many others who bravely fought or fights. This year, we had Tinus Pretorius, the husband of one of our head office employees, as a honoured guest and cancer survivor joining us on the course."
Also present was our dear friend Max Relax. This year the CANSA Mascot, Tok Tokkie, challenged Max to a dance off! Well, Max nearly lost his shell he wiggled so much, but he danced the socks off of Tok Tokkie, who we're sure would want to redeem himself next year.
For those who are not familiar with the CANSA Relay For Life campaign, it is a fun-filled overnight event that engages communities throughout South Africa to celebrate cancer survivors, and remember those who succumbed to their battles against cancer. Although raising funds is a part of the event, major focus is also placed upon raising awareness about how healthy lifestyle choices can make a huge difference in the fight against cancer. People who wish to get involved can do so as a volunteer, cancer survivor or participant, and those interested in attending the Port Shepstone CANSA Relay For Life can contact the CANSA South Coast office on 039 682 7680.