Hello again all Members,
Here is a brief wrap up of the Cancer Council Penrith Relay for Life held (for this group), just on the Saturday 4th May
Several members arrived at 7-30ish to help set up our day tent side, (thank you men).
It was quiet cold and pretty windy all morning, (we could not set up our table display properly because of this).
6 Members / Carers attended the Opening Ceremony & Survivors laps, then headed to the relay tent for the Survivors / Carers Morning Tea, (very nice being waited on)
Then it was on for the day, leisurely doing laps, chatting & resting, despite the strong cold wind it was good being there, & being part of Relay, there were approx 78 team & about 1000 people registered for this Relay, sadly, down a bit on previous years..
The highlights for me were, in equal order……
The support from our Support Group Board Members, & Partners, (whether they were on site or not) & other members who called in during the day,…… Thank you
The Dear Friends who came Saturday Afternoon, & kept me honest in doing my laps………. Thank you,
To the couple who came after we had packed up & gone home……. Sorry & thank you.
Our Support Group have just bought 3 new Banners, one is a strip banner that goes across our tent with our ID on it, (looks very good).
The other 2 are “Teardrop”banners, that have in big letters …. PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT & INFORMATION, what was exciting, at least 4 people who saw the sign, came over to ask questions & chat re PCa. the signs will be on display at our next meeting.
The downside to the day,
(a), The JK mentioned in the previous piece written regarding Relay, failed by just 4 laps to do what he set out to do, ( Head was willing, but Body said NO). but he had a great day all the same.
(b), The there were many people who said the relay website was very difficult to navigate, hard to get onto to join team, or donate money, they were right. This has been brought to the Cancer Councils attention, I cannot tell you how much the Prostate Pals team raised because of this..
At about 6 pm, the team started stripping our site down, Attended the Candlelight Ceremony & Lap of Silence, at 6-30, (the most moving, personal lap of the entire relay), returned back to our site loaded the cars an went home, just after 7-30pm. leaving younger, fitter teams to walk the cold night shift
Thank you all who came, set up, walked, sponsored, packed up, thought small in numbers, great on the day
See YOU next year??
Nepean/ Blue Mountains
Prostate Cancer Support Group