by Heidi Riley
In 2022, 2 out of 5 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. “In recent years, the statistic was 1 out of 2,” says Allie Raper, Senior Specialist on the Relay for Life Youth team. “Fundraising and volunteering nationwide is making a difference.”
The Canadian Cancer Society’s purpose is to unite and inspire all Canadians to take control of cancer. In trusted partnership with donors and volunteers, the CCS improves the lives of all those affected by cancer through world-class research, transformative advocacy, and compassionate support.
“We set ourselves apart from other cancer charities by taking a comprehensive approach against cancer,” says Allie.
“Our mission is made possible because of our incredible donors and volunteers, such as our outstanding student volunteers who make Relay for Life events possible on their campuses.”
Relay for Life Youth team: In the 2022-23 school term, nation-wide, 36 Post-Secondary Relay for Life Youth events and 165 High School Relay For Life Youth events are being held.
A Relay For Life event is scheduled for UPEI in March 2023. More details to follow. Volunteers are still welcome for roles on the organizing committee. Roles include but are not limited to: entertainment, ceremonies, sponsorship, logistics, recruitment, marketing, and more.
“This is a great opportunity to help bring the community together to support an important cause, build your leadership skills and professional development, bring your campus together for one common cause, and have fun,” says Allie.