Roanoke College’s Relay for Life Committee hosted their annual Relay Kick-Off Week this past week. Although early, RC Relay hosts a kick off in the fall to spread awareness and kick-off signups, and then hosts another kick-off week in the spring semester.
The kick off week started on Nov. 2, and consisted of an information table in Colket Center. The table was a subtle beginning to the kick off and was also accompanied by flyers being placed in every student’s mailbox. These handouts provided information on how to register for Relay and the date. Following the first event, the second event was on Wednesday and was a major event for the committee. “Wear Purple Wednesday” is a day on which students are asked to wear purple in support of the American Cancer Society and is an event RCRelay holds throughout select Wednesdays of the year.
This past Wednesday, students set up a table in Colket once again and invited anyone who was wearing purple to enter a raffle for Relay products. In addition to the raffle, RCRelay provided an “Instagram” frame cutout and asked students to take a photo and tag it online @RCRelay and #WearPurpleWednesday. Many students participated and helped spread the word about the upcoming event.
Even with all the fun in the beginning of kick off week, RCRelay saved the best for last for their theme reveal on Friday. Each year, Relay picks a theme for their marathon and hosts events and advertisements structured around that theme. Previous themes for RCRelay include a Disney theme and last year’s “Party with a Purpose.” Amidst carnival games and popcorn in the Colket Center, RCRelay announced that this year’s theme is…”Carnival for a Cure!” Relay will also be celebrating the theme with Gamma Sigma Sigma on Nov. 8 at the MADD Circus event.
Relay for Life Committee Senior President Angela Montalvo said, “We are excited to announce that our theme this year is Carnival-Carnival for a Cure. Those attending should expect carnival games, the reappearance of our inflatables, lots of balloons, and entertainment throughout the day.”
This year’s relay event is happening on Saturday, April 23. Past relays have been held on Fridays, and with the day change this year, the committee is hoping to see an improvement in attendance as well as more participation from the surrounding Salem and Roanoke community. The event will be from noon to midnight, so it is the same amount of time as the past Relays and should be more convenient for participants. In addition, the fundraising goal for this year is at $25,000, up $5,000 from last year’s achievement of around $20,000.
“We’re hoping more people can join from the committee and professors can come out with their families. There are a lot of new ideas with our new executive board that we are trying to put into place to have an exciting relay this year,” said Montalvo.
To register for Relay, the RCRelay committee recommends that each organization creates a team for their members. The Registration is only $10 per person and goes toward a good cause in supporting the American Cancer Society. Be sure to follow RCRelay @RCRelay on Instagram and @RCRelayforlife onTwitter. Visit www.Relayforlife.org/RCVA to sign up.