Cancer is a terrible disease which affects hundreds of millions of people from all walks of life. Many of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church community have had the difficult experience of seeing a loved one suffering from cancer at some point in their life, so have great empathy with the Cancer Society organization and its cause for being. The RRT, being a charity founded by the PBCC community, is wholeheartedly in support of organisations which work towards making Cancer history, and has worked with Cancer-fighting organisations worldwide.
Cancer Society Auckland/Northland is an independent charity and 100% community funded. They have a unique combination of local program delivery, community engagement and national influence, which enables everyone who cares about cancer to make the biggest possible difference.
Together with volunteers, supporters, stakeholders and staff, Cancer Society are committed to reducing the impact of cancer on individuals and the community.This work goes across every area of every cancer:
- conducting and funding world-class research that underpins the work in preventing cancer
- supporting people as they navigate the cancer journey
- advocating to ensure that governments take action on cancer.
Cancer Society is there not only for those touched by cancer at this moment, but to prevent and manage cancer into the future.
They host many events throughout the year to fund their work, including Relay for Life. In April 2016 a Relay for Life walking event was held in Auckland; bringing teams of friends, work colleagues and families together in a fun, carnival like atmosphere to fundraise for fighting Cancer. This inspiring annual community event gives everyone a chance to celebrate cancer survivors and carers; remember loved ones lost to cancer; and fight back by raising awareness and funds to support the work of the Cancer Society in New Zealand.
The vibe of the day was hard to put in words, there was sadness and a sense of overcoming. Humanity was probably the feature that stood out most and it definitely was a victorious time. To see the cancer survivors, supported closely by their family and friends, starting off the relay with a Survivors’ Lap was very touching.
Complete strangers were embraced and cheered on, showing that no matter who you were, or where you had come from, you were part of the common objective of determination to fight and beat this disease.
RRT Auckland were privileged to be a part of this great day. The team were given a share of the responsibility in setting up the event and serving food to the Cancer Society workers.
There was an immense amount of behind the scene work and late nights from these hard-working Cancer Society volunteers, and they were greatly appreciative of the meals throughout the day. As the weather turned to rain, the RRT Volunteers also helped campers carry their heavy loads to their campsites, with the gator proving to be a great addition!
As a team, the RRT volunteers were glad to have the opportunity to add a small sparkle in the day of those who have lived through this awful disease, and are very much looking forward to participating in future events with Relay for Life NZ.