05 December 2013
For the past six years, John Clements has helped to change the lives of those affected by cancer.
Now, his own life has been recognised.
Last month, Mr Clements was named a Global Hero of Hope – an honor which recognises his involvement in the Relay For Life fundraising event, which raises money for Cancer Council SA.
Mr Clements is the first South Australian to receive the honor and one of only five Australians named.
“I was very surprised when I found out (about becoming a Global Hero of Hope),” Mr Clements, a bowel cancer survivor, says.
“I became involved in Relay For Life because I wanted to fight cancer, not because I wanted to be recognised – but I’m very grateful that I have been.”
The Global Hero of Hope initiative gives countries the opportunity to recognise cancer survivors who have impacted their community through Relay For Life.
Relay For Life is an outdoor, community event, which celebrates the courage of people personally affected by cancer, the carers, family and friends.
Teams of 10 to 15 people camp our overnight while taking turns to keep a baton moving around an oval or track. The event is held overnight to symbolise that cancer doesn’t sleep.
Since 2007, Mr Clements has taken part in events in Relay For Life events at Port Augusta, Mt Barker, the Barossa Valley and the Fleurieu Peninsula.
“I’m one of the lucky ones; I’m a survivor,” Mr Clements says. “But after my diagnosis, it became important to me to do all that I can to fight the disease. I do that through Relay For Life.”
Mr Clements has also encouraged schools in the areas to become involved with fundraising for Cancer Council SA.
“It’s important to me to encourage other people to get involved in Relay For Life because I know how much of an impact these things have in the fight against cancer. I’ve always been very community minded, and this is my way of helping to create a cancer free future.”
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Professor Brenda Wilson says Relay For Life events are a great way of becoming involved in the fight against cancer. She says Mr Clements’ commitment and dedication “is to be commended”.
“Without the immense support of people like John, so much of Cancer Council SA’s work would not be achievable. But, thanks to the united efforts in cancer research in Australia over the past 20 years, we have seen almost 61,000 lives saved.
“That’s 61,000 mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters still here with their loved ones.
“We thank John for his support and congratulate him on becoming a Relay For Life Global Hero of Hope.”
Relay For Life is one of the world’s most successful fundraising campaigns with about 6000 events in more than 21 countries globally.
For more information on the Relay For Life Global Hero of Hope initiative, visit relayforlife.org/globalheroesofhope
To register for Relay For Life, visit relayforlife.org.au