Relaying Throughout Decades and Throughout the Night
By: Megan Stamper
Relay for Life is approaching at ODU, and organizers are urging everyone on campus to get involved.
This year’s theme is “Relay Across Time.” Dressing in a decade of your choice or choosing an icon is encouraged. Whether you decide to be a flapper or Elvis, the focus of the night is to give back and celebrating those lives which were impacted by cancer and raising money for treatments and cures.
The celebration is from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. with the notion that cancer never sleeps, and a variety of events will be available all night.
The first half of the night is dedicated to survivors and remembers those who have been affected by cancer. The Luminaria ceremony is the evening’s highlight. Those with friends and family affected by cancer can purchase a Luminaria bag prior to the event dedicated to their loved one. During the ceremony, the bags are lit for those to remember their loved ones.
After the ceremony, there will be booths spread around Webb Center with food, games, entertainment and opportunities to donate.
The Miss Relay Pageant is one of the most awaited events of the night and starts at 1 a.m. The pageant consists of men showing their support for the cause by cross-dressing, performing a talent, and gathering donations for the American Cancer Society.
Participants can also consider a team captain position. Spots are offered for a variety of organizations on campus. The team captain has responsibilities of registering and recruiting teams, attending captain meetings and communicating information to their team, establishing a team goal, setting up fundraisers, decorating the campsite, and the walking schedule.
Zach Hill, the public relations chairperson, reminds those interested in starting a team to sign up as soon as possible. A late sign up risks missing fundraising, planning, and winning contests.
The financial goal of the event this year is $65,000, and over $1,000 has already been raised. Most of the money is raised before the Relay event. Fundraising projects such as sending letters to family and friends, organizing a restaurant fundraiser, selling Luminaria bags for $10, or promoting the event on Facebook or Twitter are ways to raise awareness and money.
If you are interested in getting involved contact:
event chairman, Janette Julio, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the public relations chairman, Zach Hill, at email@example.com.