"Beating cancer one lap at a time" was the slogan for the CHS team as they took part in the 24-hour Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the Foundation Against Cancer (La Fondation Contre le Cancer), which took place on the sports field of St John’s International School, Waterloo, from midday June 15. The team’s contribution to the €108,000 total raised was an impressive €2774.
The thirty seven members of the team took it in shifts to walk or run round the track. Three of them managed to keep it manned throughout the night, during which they also served mulled wine round a campfire. Funds were raised through individual sponsorship, as well as at the CHS stand, which sold over 300 books, and ran a "Guess the Weight" (of a stone Buddha) competition.
Familiar faces in the CHS team included Dr Lucy Fuks, the now retired clinical director, as well as many of the volunteers who work hard on behalf of the organisation and the people it serves.
"The Relay for Life is a fantastic event", explained team captain Gerry Cain, "which brings together people of all ages and backgrounds, including cancer survivors, in a relaxed and fun environment; it raises money for vital cancer research and support programmes. This is the third year CHS has taken part and next year we will be back and hope to raise even more money".