Relay For Life Event Pivots Due to Covid-19

April 14, 2021

The Relay For Life volunteer event committee has announced that, due to the recent Stay at Home order, the fundraiser “will not be a traditional 24-hour event” but that “the Luminaria Ceremony and the Fight Back Ceremony to be broadcasted to the community virtually via Facebook live.”

A spokesperson said, “Supported by presenting sponsor Liberty Mutual, the Relay For Life of Bermuda volunteer event committee announced today that due to the recent COVID-19 Stay at Home order, the event scheduled for May 14 and 15, 2021 will not be a traditional 24-hour event. However, this does not change the enormous need to raise funds.”

Relay For Life Bermuda April 2021

Azuree Williams, Event Co-Chair, said, “As a health care centre and a host of a major health event, our priority is always the best interest of public health, so we, unfortunately, cannot encourage an event that brings together over 5,000 people for 24 hours. However, cancer never sleeps, and neither will Relay For Life of Bermuda.”

The spokesperson said, “This year’s event will still have an in-person experience. The Opening Ceremony, Luminaria Ceremony, and the Fight Back Ceremony will be broadcast to the community virtually via Facebook live. Included will be speakers sharing the cause, entertainment and gameplay. Currently, the plan consists of hosting a beautiful COVID-19 friendly drive-thru Luminaria experience.

“We are awaiting approvals, if all goes to plan, Relay For Life will light up the night and hearts of all on May 14 with a Luminaria display, providing people with the opportunity to slowly drive through, honouring and remembering their loved ones. This is what Luminaria is all about.” said Ms Williams.

“Relay For Life, on average, has raised $600,000 per year since 2014. The potential loss of these funds has a negative impact on the Centre’s ability to provide the range of cancer prevention, detection, treatment and support services it currently offers.

“Relay teams from the past seven years are being urged to reunite virtually and register. In a typical year, Relay For Life of Bermuda has more than 100 teams of 10-15 people. If each team from came together and members made a personal donation for the $10 registration fee, teams would donate $10,000-$15,000 without doing any fundraising.

“In addition, teams could host virtual game challenges, car washes, bake sales, yard sales, online auctions etc. to increase their team totals and donations to the cause.

“Alternatively, if every registered team member asked 10 people for a $10 donation, they could each raise an additional $1,000 each. The RaceDayWorld platform makes this easy by giving registered participants a unique URL they can send to family and friends worldwide.

“Another way to show support is to visit and donate to one of the participating teams or visit Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre’s website and donate to Relay For Life.

“With our community coming together to make a difference, every dollar, no matter how small, when combined with other donations, can potentially save lives. Visit the Relay For Life of Bermuda website for information and links to register, donate and volunteer at Follow bermudarelay on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the latest event information.”

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