Participants from the Relay For Life. *Photo by Don Burgess
Participants from the Relay For Life. *Photo by Don Burgess
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Bermuda’s first ever “Relay For Life of Bermuda” event started tonight at the National Sports Centre.

A crowd of well more than a thousand was there for the opening. The Relay For Life was organized by the Bermuda Cancer and Health Ccentre, and judging by tonight’s response, this will not be a one-off happening.

Many tents had been pitched as people prepared to spend the night in what could be considered Bermuda’s biggest camping event as well as cancer fundraiser.

The 24hr event began at 6pm with members of local fundraising teams of 10 to 15 people taking turns doing laps around the track at National Sports Centre’s North Field for a full 24 hours, concluding at 6pm on Saturday, May 31. 

Some 95 per cent of funds raised during the Relay will remain in Bermuda to support Bermuda Cancer and Health in their efforts to cover the costs of cancer screening tests for those who cannot afford it, improve access to cancer treatment in Bermuda, deliver education and awareness programmes to assist with cancer prevention and early detection, and help guide patients through their cancer care journeys through the Cancer Information System. 
The remaining five per cent of funds raised locally will be donated to the American Cancer Society to help fund their cancer research, prevention and care programmes. 

You can send your Relay For Life photos to Don Burgess at dburgess@bermudasun.bm for us to add to our gallery.