Relay for Life: Fundraising for a good cause
Are you active in your community? If so, what do you do? For the Alpha Rho Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Pueblo Community College in Colorado, we fundraised by participating in a Relay for Life event held on campus.
What is Relay for Life?
The history of this event has its start in May of 1985. A man named Dr. Gordy Klatt raised money in Tacoma, Washington by walking and running for 24 hours around a track to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease. He raised $27,000 walking and running more than 83 miles on the track at Baker Stadium. Today, Dr. Gordy’s actions have become a nationwide event raising nearly five billion to save lives from cancer.
Relay For Life today, is an overnight event where teams walk constantly around a track set out for the event, in support of survivors, fighters, and in remembrance of those lost in the fight against cancer. Each team is expected to have at least one member on the track, taking turns for the duration of the event. There are activities and games for everyone for entertainment and to help raise money in the fight against cancer. Relay for Life is a family-friendly event for the entire community to come together and enjoy.
How we participated in fundraising
Alpha Rho Theta was among those to have a booth, where we offered silent auctions, gift basket sales, a coin drop game for prizes, and handmade commemorative necklaces or pins for the event with the words “Relay For Life PCC 2016” on them. The coin drop game was a great success with children and adults alike, winning small prizes from candy to toys or even a commemorative necklace, depending on the type of coin dropped in. Overall, it was a great success, raising one hundred dollars for the cause in just one night. The Alpha Rho Theta team raised two hundred dollars total at the end of our fundraising.
There were several different events at the relay, from a t-shirt contest, a relay stick competition, and Mr. Relay to name a few. Our entry to the relay stick is featured in the picture, as well as myself as Mr. Relay. Mr. Relay is a completion where men dress as women and run around raising as much money as possible in a short amount of time. The winner is whomever raised the most. I was dressed up as a fairy Godmother by my wife, and placed second, raising fifty-seven dollars in around fifteen minutes, losing to an individual who raised over one hundred. It was great fun and I look forward to it next year.
As an individual wanting to get more active in your community, holding, or participating in a fundraiser is a great idea. Relay for Life is a wonderful opportunity because many people in the community will have friends, relatives, or loved ones who have been diagnosed with, survived, or lost their fight with cancer. Each year 12.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer, and 7.6 million a year die from the disease worldwide. Raising awareness, and helping fight to support those struggling with such a serious disease may not only be fun, but rewarding as well. Fundraising to give hope to those who have the disease while remembering and honoring those who have had it is a great way to get your community active and joined together.
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Thomas is a veteran of the U.S. Army, with five years of service between 2007 and 2012, deploying to both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is graduating with his Associate of Science from Pueblo Community College Spring 2016, majoring in Electrical Engineering. He will be returning to Pueblo Community College for a Certificate as a Electrical Technician. He is the Vice President of Service for the Alpha Rho Theta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor society at Pueblo Community College.