On Friday, April 26th, we had close to 260 people participate in the 4th Annual Southridge Relay for Life. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of an organizing committee formed of Grade 11 and 12 students, the event was once again a remarkable success!
The committee started meeting back in November and worked tirelessly up until the event day, which took place on April 26. This year, we had the opportunity to grow the school’s Relay into something even bigger since many members of the committee were returning from last year’s team and had experience as well as fresh ideas for the event.
As a committee, we were able to connect with over 20 local businesses as well as our school community. We had lots of support from both schools as we ran our first annual car wash and were especially excited to have a record number of community members participate in our special survivor’s lap which officially kicks off our Relay for Life event every year.
Once again, our fundraising efforts are going towards pediatric cancer research, which is truly impactful to people like Southridge alumni, Serena Bonneville who came back and talked to all of the participants about her story battling cancer as a Grade 12 Southridge student.
Coming off a very strong year, the event was heavily anticipated. Through the help of a record-breaking number of participants and our unique hashtag, #beaherodonthaveazero, we were able to have the fewest individual fundraising zeros in Southridge history!
For our third straight year, we raised over $100,000 with a record breaking $113,000 raised for pediatric cancer research! It was so much fun being the Chair for our Relay committee. A special thank you to everyone who came out to the event and to those who helped support us along the way. Stay tuned for next year (April 2020), as Southridge will be looking to break the half a million dollar mark at our fifth annual Relay for Life!