Ceremony expresses heart of Relay
EACH year some of the most moving parts of Relay For Life are the ceremonies that are held.
The opening ceremony includes a lap of honour by survivors of cancer and carers who proudly wear their sashes.
This not only celebrates their survival but also presents an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all who have made the event possible.
The teams gather around the track to applaud the courage and strength shown by those completing the lap.
Afterwards the teams dressed in their costumes, carry their decorated batons and banners as they begin the Relay For Life.
Cancer survivors and carers are welcome to take part in the walk whether they are in a team or not.
Survivors are those who are now cancer-free or are undergoing treatment. Carers include those walking with the person they cared for and those walking in honour of a loved one lost.
The candlelight ceremony is usually held at dusk and candles are lit and placed around the track in memory of those who have lost their battle with cancer, those who have survived and those still fighting for a cure. Bags inscribed with messages of love, remembrance and hope give a warm glow to inspire Relay participants as they walk.
The closing ceremony takes place on the Sunday morning and teams take part to celebrate the achievements of the Relay. Prizes are awarded and relayers make a pledge to continue the fight against cancer.