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Vol 40  No 9
January 31, 2008



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Relay raises more than $30K

Contributing to a cancer cure
by Jeff Green

There was a blur of activity Jan. 19 as the annual Relay for Life took over the Field House. (Photo by Chris Hibbs)

For the second straight year, members of the Memorial community have overwhelmingly thrown their support behind a unique fundraiser aimed at raising money and awareness for a national organization.

More than $34,000 was raised during the second annual Memorial University Relay for Life, held on Jan. 19 in the Field House on the St. John’s campus.
Organizers more than doubled their funds from last year during the 12-hour event.

Although co-ordinated by the Canadian Cancer Society, Memorial students once again took a lead role in helping make the event a success.

In total, 43 teams made up of more than 350 people spent the night on campus. They were joined by 20-30 volunteers and committee members.

At the end, their total came in at $34,134.90, with money still being collected. That builds on the $15,000 collected last year.

Organizers were thrilled by the end result.

“Myself and the entire relay committee are absolutely amazed at the turnout,” said Katie Barnes, a first-year medical student who is originally from Twillingate, NL., and co-chair of this year’s effort.

“We were so overwhelmed at the support the relay received, and how much work people put into making it great. It just goes to show the hard work and dedication shown by the students at MUN for such a worthy cause.”

For 12 straight hours, participants from the university community – including students, faculty, staff and alumni – strapped on their sneakers for the non-competitive relay as part of a team, walking or running around the indoor track.

The money collected at Memorial goes straight to the Canadian Cancer Society which the organization will use to help in its campaign to eradicate cancer. Some of it goes to public programming and to advocate for public policies and some is earmarked for cancer research, including work being done at Memorial.
Meanwhile, Ms. Barnes said online donations are being accepted until Feb. 28.

“You can also make offline donations by contacting participants or myself at,” she added.

“We are certainly hoping that after the amount of support that has been given to the relay by the MUN community, that this will be something that the university allows to continue every year here on out, and we can’t wait to start planning.”


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