Students Raise $8.5k for Cancer Society

We had 14 students participating in the Relay For Life over the weekend. Along with Reverend Michael Bennett and teacher Deborah Keep, they traveled to Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton for the national event, which is organised by the Cancer Society to raise money to support the work they do. In total, St Peter’s raised over $8500. The school group was organised by Swears House Leader Harriet Butcher, who wrote the below about their experience:

Our day started at 8.30am when we arrived to set up our team tent which would house us for the rest of the day. With all of us dressed in green, as we were participating in this event in conjunction with the Swears House charity, we headed over to the start line to support the opening lap, the survivor's lap. These people came from all walks of life, but all had at least one thing in common - they had all fought and won their battle with cancer. It was amazing to see the community support as the survivors opened the relay.

For the next 12 hours, our team took turns walking or running around the 450m track, keeping our team baton moving the whole time. Although the main event of the day was the relay, we participated in a round-robin volleyball tournament, competing against other teams from all over the Waikato and joined in during sessions of Zumba.

As evening came about, we all settled down to decorate our candle bags to commemorate loved ones lost or fighting cancer. When darkness fell, the candles were lit to illuminate the track and everyone walked a lap of remembrance together. It was a very emotional part of the day.

Before we knew it, we were in the final hour of the relay. The clock struck 10.00pm and the relay was officially over! Between our team, we walked a combined 432 laps, which adds up to a total of 419.4 km walked or ran over 12 hours. I’d like to give a big congratulations to Ben Westwood and Matt Whitman who finished the most laps out of all of us, 130 (58.5 km) and 95 (42.75 km) laps respectively.

After the final countdown, a prizegiving was held to congratulate those teams who performed exceptionally well throughout the day. Our whole team was very surprised but excited to be the recipients of the Westside Kiwanis Shield, awarded to the high school team who raised the most money. I’d like to thank everyone who donated to us, your money has gone to a great cause.

All of us were grateful to have Mr Elliot Sharp, Mrs Jess Patrick, Mrs Jodie Blackwell, and Mr Marty Seifert come and support us through the long day, along with the parents who came out too. Your support was much appreciated!

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