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Relay for Life 2010

6th July 2010

Team Shelbourne took part in a 21 hour relay for life in aid of Cancer Research at the weekend. The team was made up of colleagues and their families, this all went towards making a great atmosphere and having lots of fun and laughter.

The relay was made up of 25 teams with 300 participants and each team had to make sure they had at least one member on the track at all times, between 12noon on the 3rd July until 9am the following morning. The relay started with the people who had survived cancer leading at the front and all the teams following on behind.

Relay - Cowboys

There was plenty of entertainment to keep us going, bands playing live on stage, various local dance and sports clubs putting on displays, themed laps and each team providing a small fundraiser, a raffle or games etc.

Our game was Race the Frog which was a game of technique which proved very frustrating for most participants! Our Stores Manager’s son, Lewis Freeman was a star in showing us all how it’s done and drawing in the crowds to try and beat his time. From the frog game and our raffle held on the day we raised nearly £300.

Themed laps included underwear as outawear, Elvis tribute, 70’s disco, worldcup, PJ’s and bad hair, we also dressed up as cowboys and cowgirls as our team theme, although not for long as the temperature sored and the shorts came back out.

All the teams stopped very briefly at 10pm for the candle of hope ceremony. It was very moving and emotional, especially to see all the candle bags dedicated to loved ones all lit up and placed around the track.

We expected the laps in the middle of the night were going to be the hardest of all but with Ian Taylor-Balls and Nod Miller holding the fort ALL through the night, except for a quick donut and hot chocolate break (which they didn’t hear the end of!!) the hours seemed to pass really quickly, maybe this was due to the volume of drink consumed by some or the amount of sleep others managed to get!! At this point of the day it was a case of stop now and you won’t get started again, luckily we had fresh legs join us for the morning shift which helped greatly!

Relay - World Cup

All in all this was a fantastic event which we all really enjoyed and had plenty of laughs and played lots of pranks. It certainly was a fun team building exercise and raised money for a great charity at the same time.

Our team won a bottle of champagne for being the team that put in the most effort across the whole of the relay, as voted for by the relay committee, which was a really nice surprise.

As a team we would like to sincerely thank everybody who have given us their support during our fundraising campaign and during the relay.

It’s been a long journey but we’ve had fun along the way at quiz nights, dress down days, Easter draw, spot the ball, guess the name of the duck etc. etc.! Our staff and families have all been fantastic in donating their charity bags. In total as a team we have raised, so far £6,645 which has well and truly beaten our target - THANK YOU!

On behalf of the team, we would like to say also a big thank you to our team captain who has put in so much effort and many hours into organising us all! Without Claire the event would not have been the success that it was. The question is, will we be going back next year?!!

(PS - our fund raising page remains open until the 31st July so if you would still like to donate then please follow the link…  www.donatetomyrelay.org/shelbourne . . .Together we can beat Cancer)


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