Hundreds of people will pay a 12-hour tribute to loved ones who have suffered from or lost their lives to cancer when the seventh annual Port Elizabeth Cansa Relay for Life takes place next month in Walmer.
The night of Friday March 6, will be particularly poignant for one of the event organisers, Lee-Anne Jones, whose mother died three years ago.
“It was a few weeks after her death that I attended my first Cansa Relay For Life in Port Elizabeth and realised the indescribable spirit of togetherness at the event,” she said.
“Yesterday was actually the third anniversary of my mother’s passing from cancer and while I was aware of it the whole day, as I was getting ready with the Luminaria Bags in preparation for the shoot, it suddenly hit home that I was once again decorating a bag in memory of her.”
Today Jones is “passionately involved”, first in a team in 2013 and as chairperson this year of the event, which sees teams of between 10 and 15 supporters and cancer survivors walk in relays around an illuminated sports field.
Each team receives 10 paper packets, called Luminaria, to decorate for the evening with remembrances of friends or family, and on the night, they place a candle inside and light it in memory of that special person.
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