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A group of our Year 12 students recently teamed up with students from Rostrevor College to participate in the Relay for Life. The group raised close to $8,000.
Here is a reflection of the day:

On 9 April this year, 5,000 South Australians met at Santos Stadium to partner with the Cancer Council in raising awareness, hope, and of course money for cancer research and facilities to help those affected. As a collective group, Saint Ignatius’ College and Rostrevor College formed a team called Cancel Cancer in the hope of raising as much money as possible, but also to commemorate the beautiful people we have lost to cancer and to show support to our loved ones who are currently fighting.

Cancer Council’s Relay for Life is a 19-hour walk whereby a member of your team has to be walking around the stadium non-stop for the duration of the event. The person walking is allowed to swap with another member at any time, making sure that one person is walking at all times (walking in groups is highly encouraged). Throughout the 19 hours, entertainment was provided, including live music, a resident DJ, and a fabulous drag queen show that dazzled the audience. There were also tug of war competitions, a newspaper dress competition, and a silent disco as the night wound down.

Themed laps were utilised, encouraging participants to get involved and enjoy the light-hearted nature of the event. Some laps were costume-themed, such as the superhero lap, and others were simply to celebrate the diversity within the community, such as the pride lap celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community. At only one stage of the event was everyone allowed to stop, and that was for the candlelight ceremony whereby three candles were lit, one symbolising the past – the beautiful souls we have lost, the second symbolising the present – recognising the fighters who are in our lives, and the third symbolising the future – the ongoing effort to halt the consequences of cancer. After the symbolic gesture of the lighting of candles, a presentation was delivered by a cancer warrior who detailed to the audience her journey with cancer and how grateful she was that we were all there to support. A commemorative slide show then played, honouring the people that every participant had lost and celebrating the survivors who were still standing. This particular part was quite emotional, but it united everyone participating as we were all there for similar reasons.

Our team consisted of Jessica Fedczyszyn, Adam Fedczyszyn, Monica Drusian, Alessia Chitti, Mia Crisante, Sophie Wagner, Isabella Capobianco, Leticia Pham, Old Ignatian Danny Fedczyszyn, and several other Rostrevor College students. Collectively, we raised just shy of $8,000 and received a trophy for the ‘perpetual school fundraising’ award, having raised more money than any other schools that were there. Other schools that participated were St Peter’s College, Prince Alfred College, and Gleeson College.

Our team was well known by all the other teams for being the loudest and funniest as we rocked purple tutus, painted our faces with purple and yellow zinc, bedazzled everything in sight with diamantes, sang the loudest, and laughed the most. We will not hesitate to participate in this amazing event again next year.

Written by Joel, Rostrevor College
on behalf of Team Cancel Cancer

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