Students encouraged to join Relay for Life

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Doing their bit . . . Cancer Core president Alesha East will lead a group of students who will volunteer at the Relay for Life. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

University of Otago students are getting behind the Relay for Life.

Cancer Core is a group of university students who organise events on campus to raise money and awareness for the Cancer Society.

Club president Alesha East said the group was formed in 2014, after the society wanted to involve students in some of its events.

“We just run events on campus to raise money and awareness,” she said.

Last year, it ran a Relay for Life on campus and raised about $100,000. The event before that brought in about $70,000.

Miss East, a fourth-year food science and management student, said there would be about 70 volunteers at this year’s relay to help out where they were needed and make sure everyone was having a good time.

She had also been contacting university halls of residence and flats to encourage students to enter teams.

“We are just trying to get interest from the university students.

“I think most of the halls are signed up at this point.”

Miss East is a residential assistant at Aquinas College and is trying to get students excited about the relay.

She joined the group in 2015 and joined the Relay for Life committee the following year.

“That was so much fun I could not leave,” she said.

The club’s main fundraiser this year will focus on skills.

The club has about 25 members.

There was a lot of interest in the club among students at the Clubs Day, Miss East said.