The thirteenth staging of Relay for Life was held on Saturday, June 30 at the Turtle River Park, Ocho Rios, St Ann.
The relay, a signature event of the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) St Ann/St Mary chapter attracted more than a thousand persons including cancer survivors, volunteers, family and friends, as well as sponsors.
The relay involves teams or individuals walking around the park as they fulfill fund raising duties and show solidarity with the efforts to fight breast cancer and support survivors.
This year’s event had a June date instead of the usual August timing, to facilitate students and young adults with the hope that they will pass on the knowledge. This year was well supported but according to Manager of the St. Ann/St. Mary chapter, Marilyn Williams the turnout was better in earlier years.
The target was five million dollars but Ms Williams said it was not reached. Ms Williams said the amount raised was not available at the time of the interview.
The evening’s activities included an luminaria ceremony that was very touching as loved ones lit candles along the sidewalks of the park, in memory of those they lost in the battle of cancer.
“It was boom! There were over 500 lit candles!” said Ms Williams. There was also a minute of silence to honor those who have fallen.
“The entertainment line-up was absolutely fantastic!” said Ms. Williams during an interview with Jamaica Today. Bugle, Little Hero and Kevin Downswell were among many of the brilliant acts. Gospel Head, a local act blew the crowd away with his performance and had the crowd dancing throughout his presentation.
This year saw seventeen teams along with teams from the sponsors doing the walk around the park. The Sponsors were Moon Palace Jamaica Grande, Cool Corp., JMMB, St. Ann Development Company, North East Regional Health Authority, Vista Print, JN, Tankweld, Survivor’s Club and Mystic Mountain.