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GEORGE NEWS AND VIDEO - The eleventh Cansa Relay held on Saturday was filled with special moments and began with the most spectacular sunset. The crimson sky set against the Outeniqua Mountain added to the spiritual atmosphere at the Carpe Diem sport grounds.
Cansa Relay chairperson Lorraine Verhagen described the community effort in which people from all walks of life participated, as uplifting and inspiring.
Relay 2018 was made most memorable with the participation of 80 cancer survivors and 2 000 supporters - many of whom stayed the entire 12 hours.
Verhagen, along with George Mayor Melvin Naik and MC Claude Pretorius, gave participants a warm welcome, while Pastor Terrick Vorster brought an inspirational message to the crowd during the opening ceremony.
Two brand-new events - in keeping with the Healthy Living and Healthy Lifestyle themes - were staged on Saturday morning at Carpe Diem. The supported 10km Road Race hosted by the Outeniqua Harriers, with the sponsorship of The Cooling Company. The 100m obstacle sprint, presented by Crossfit George, was part of the Crossfit Purple Cansalympics held on the field.
Cancer survivor Lie Venter, who shares a special bond with her son, Lian (12), said the 2018 Cansa Relay was most enjoyable.
The atmosphere was charged with emotion when the Cansa survivors and their carers, accompanied by St Pauls Brigade, started off the ceremonial part of the relay after the Flame of Hope had been lit by former George survivor Sue Ungerer who travelled all the way from Johannesburg to attend the event.
A local cancer survivor, Watson Hendricks, shared his testimony on how well he had been supported by the Southern Cape branch of Cansa.
This organization provides a comprehensive service from its headquarters at 103 Merriman Road, George, which serves 1 700 cancer patients monthly with counselling, medical equipment and overnight facilities at Interim House in Merriman Street, George.
An array of local entertainers provided moral support while Eden 911 was there to see to the medical support. Cansa Relay Coordinator, Barbie Levitton, thanked the community for its wonderful support and mentioned that R318 000 was raised.
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