Sunday, June 07, 2009

relay for life  

posted by Michael Piwonka 9:30 AM
Last weekend Martha and I took part in the local American Cancer Society's Relay For Life fundraiser.

A friend of mine from work is a cancer survivor, and her recent treatments motivated our work team to volunteer for the relay, raising some money for cancer research, while having a lot of fun.

The event lasted from 6pm on Friday through 10am on Saturday, and took place at Allie's middle school. The idea is to have team members take turns walking throughout the entire event, as if in a relay. Most team members took 1 hour time slots to walk, before handing a virtual baton to the next relayer.

Because we had problems finding people willing to walk during the middle of the night, Martha and I ended up volunteering for a 2-hour slot, from 11pm to 1am. We estimated that we walked about 7.5 miles during that time.

Our team raised about $2k, most of which will be matched via a company-matching program. We estimated that the team walked a total of 82 miles.

This was the first time we've done this, so we learned a lot about the event. Other more-experienced teams created small events on their "campsite" to keep spirits up during the middle of the night, as well as raise more money. There were drinks for sale, karaoke competitions, and dance competitions. One group even created a "haunted tent" fundraiser at the event, though technical problems prevented them from ever actually opening for business.

All in all, it was a lot of fun, for a good cause.

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