Cancer Research UK raise funds to allow scientists and doctors to carry out cancer research. Apparently they employ 4,500 scientists and spend £6 million pounds on research every week, so you can see they need to do a lot of fundraising!
They raise money in many different ways however two events you may have heard of are the “Race for Life” and the “Relay for Life“. Both of these events run locally, in 2008 you could Race for Life, in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Inverness Perth and Stirling. If racing isn’t your thing, in 2008 you could “Relay for Life” in Arbroath, Caithness, Shetland, Dundee and Blairgowrie.
So how are they different? The Race for Life is a 5 km walk, run or jog and participants collect sponsorship. 5 km is about 3 miles, a lot of people think you have to run, but you don’t!
The Relay for Life is, as the name suggests, one big relay. Instead of collecting sponsorship, you pay to enter (£15 for adults, £5 for kids). You can enter in teams, and one person from each team should be walking on the relay track throughout the event. Some events run for 12 hours some for 24! Anyone can get involved and you can do 1 lap or 100…
So why am I writing about the Race for Life and the Relay for Life, when most of the 2008 events have finished? Well, people are trying to organise the 2009 events so if you want to help out now is a great time to get involved.
Information about the 2009 Race for Life Events will be available early next year. Plans are well underway to organise the Peterhead Relay for Life on the 25th of July 2009. If you would like to help out either in advance or on the day, you can get in touch here. There are plans to run a Relay for Life in Huntly, so watch this space for more information!