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  • Immanuel College Students Relay For a Reason

    19 February 2018


    More than 90 students from Immanuel College are gearing up to raise vital funds for Cancer Council SA at the Adelaide Central Relay For Life, held at the end of February.

    The largest team to take part in the event in 2018, school students of all ages have committed to Relay and celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer.    

    This is the fifteenth Relay for Immanuel College since they first participated in 2003, and over the years, they have raised more than $135,000 for Cancer Council SA. This year, the team will be led by their teacher and team coordinator, Jarrad Fraser, who has been involved in Relay since 2006.  

    “When I first started, I did it to support the Immanuel College team at the behest of a student. Really, I didn’t know what I was signing up for. The student said he needed an additional staff member for the team and would I be interested, so I said, sure why not?”

    “Flash forward 11 years and now I would be very, very upset if I wasn’t involved in Relay somehow.”

    “It is much more personal for me now. When I first started there was no personal reasons but now 11 years later I have lost three grandparents to different cancers. I have lost one uncle and another is undergoing treatment. I have a friend, who in her first year of teaching was diagnosed with breast cancer and the most devastating of all my niece was diagnosed last year with Leukaemia,” said Jarrad.

    “She turned 6 only a few weeks ago. I think watching my sister and her family go through chemotherapy and radiotherapy has cemented my position at Relay for Life at least for the next several years.”

    Year 8 student Ella Entwistle is taking part in Relay for the first time this year with the Immanuel College team. Ella will dedicate her Relay to her Nana, who passed away from bowel cancer.  

    “My Nana Colleen was told she had bowel cancer and she had six months to live. She lived for another seven years, however two months before I was born, she died. I will go through my life never meeting her and I do not want anyone else to have that feeling.”

    Ella will be joined by Year 9 student Josh Warne, who also knows the impact of cancer first-hand.

    “This is my third year doing Relay,” said Josh.

    “Relay is important to me because in late 2016 my mum was diagnosed with cancer. Relay is a way to support people who have, or have had cancer and also raise money to support Cancer Council SA.”

    Year 12 student and School Captain Zali De Pizzol is taking part for the second time in 2018. For her, Relaying is a chance to do something fun and challenging with her friends, all while making a difference.  

    “Relay for Life allows me and everyone involved to remember, respect and support people who have been through, or are going through, this terrible illness.”

    “By doing it with my school, I am able to be in an environment where everyone encourages each other to raise money, and take part in every activity on the day. It is such a supportive and encouraging environment!”

    Zali will be joined by fellow Year 12 student Amy Materne, who sees the event as a chance to reflect on the impact of cancer in the local community.

    “I like being part of the candlelight ceremony, as it really impacts me emotionally and helps me to come to terms with the gravity of the event and see how many lives cancer has affected,” said Amy.

    The Adelaide Central Relay For Life will be held at the Adelaide Showgrounds from Saturday 24 to Sunday 25 February. A fun and moving overnight experience, Relay For Life has raised more than $4million for Cancer Council SA, funding vital support services, research projects, advocacy initiatives and prevention programs.

    To join the students from Immanuel College and create a Relay team, visit www.relayforlife.com.au and search for ‘Adelaide Central Relay’.

    Teams can register online up until 21 February or can register on the day at the Adelaide Showgrounds on Saturday, 24 February from 11.00am.

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