A group of year 13 students at Sacred Heart College, pictured with principal Maria Neville-Foster, took part in this year’s Relay for Life and raised just under $3000.

SHC students take part in Relay for Life

Published on Tuesday, 17 November 2020, 9:03 a.m. Print Article

A revamped and meaningful Relay for Life allowed a group of Scared Heart College students to not only raise thousands of dollars for the Cancer Society but to connect with each other on a deeper level.
 
Due to Covid-19 and uncertainty around levels, the event, which was cancelled last year due to dwindling numbers, took on a new format.

The event previously had larger teams of 12 or more travel the track for 24 hours. Most relays have since changed this to 10 hours.
 
This year, the group of nine SHC senior students, dressed in animal onesies, were among more than 50 teams who completed 11 activities around the 1km track Hastings’ Mitre 10 Sports Park.
 
The opening ceremony started with about 80 survivors who made a human corridor which saw the first teams start their relay.
 
Kelsie Hawkins, who previously participated in the event in year 10, believes this year was more “meaningful”.
 
The highlight for her was being able to go “deeper”.
 
“We all got to write on cards about people who we have lost and then we went into a dark room filled with lights and we got to hang them up and also read cards about what other people had gone through and their memories.
 
“It was really sentimental and really emotional for a lot of the girls,” she said.
 
For 17-year-old Kya Joe, the event hit particularly close to home given both her grandmother, and great grandmother lost their battles with cancer.
 
“Cancer runs in my mum’s side of the family quite badly, so for me, it was really personal and made me feel not alone knowing that other people had experienced the same thing.”
 
While the event was different this year, it still revolved around celebrating with survivors, remembering loved ones lost to cancer and coming together as a community to fight back against cancer.
 
Kya says they were given messages after each activity so that they could understand what the activity was and how it had meaning to a person with cancer and their lives.
 
One of the activities included hula hooping for a certain amount of time. The message behind it was about perseverance.
 
“Having not gone through cancer myself, it was good to be able to put ourselves in other people’s shoes during those activities.”
 
Together, the girls raised a total of $2,604.12.
 
For more information and to donate visit: https://rfl-hawkes-bay-2020.everydayhero.com/nz/sacred-heart-college/members

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