What: Relay for Life of Georgia Southern University
When: 7 p.m. to midnight Friday
Where: Paulson Stadium
About: Event is to honor those who have been affected by cancer, whether themselves or a loved one. Teams raise funds that benefit the American Cancer Society.
More information: www.cancer.org.
Students at Georgia Southern University are giving an annual fundraiser a second date in Bulloch County.
This year, for the first time, the university will host a Relay for Life event separate from the community-sponsored affair held yearly at the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds.
The Georgia Southern Collegiate Relay will kickoff Friday and is hoped to be a hit among students and faculty.
“Collegiate Relays have become very popular. There are more than 100 throughout the nation now,” said Brittany Jolley, a Georgia Southern student and public relations/special event intern with the American Cancer Society. “The American Cancer Society decided they would like to have Georgia Southern become involved, so they teamed up with the campus organization Colleges Against Cancer.”
Friday’s relay will be held at Erk Russell Park, next to Paulson Stadium, from 7 p.m. to midnight.
The event will be open and free to the public.
“Our goal was to have 30 teams. We are 39 online right now,” Jolley said. “We also have a goal for 300 participants and we are right around 400 now.
“We want to raise $30,000,” she continued. “We are not quite at $30,000 yet, but going into Friday, we may have as much as $25,000.”
According to Jolley, the fundraiser will feature several activities familiar to Relay veterans.
“We are really excited for the first year of the event,” she said. “We are going to have two bands, karaoke and possibly a step team. Each individual team will also have games and activities at their tents.”
The theme for this year’s Relay is “Cartooning for a Cure/‘Tooning’ Out Cancer,” she said.
Teams will decorate their respective stations based on popular cartoons.
Relay for Life is a volunteer-driven fundraiser supporting the American Cancer Society. Relays raise money for cancer research and cancer patients, spread cancer awareness, celebrate the lives of survivors, and remember those who lost their lives to cancer. Relay for Life events have raised more than $3 billion to date.
Friday’s Relay will feature an opening ceremony and honorary survivor lap.
Individuals can learn more by visiting www.cancer.org. Relay for Life of Bulloch County will be held April 19 at the fairgrounds.
Jeff Harrison may be reached at (912) 489-9454.