It was lovely to join in the fun warm up with Tina everyone got warm doing squats, jumping jacks and bottom wiggles!! It was then time for by opening speech. I was a little nervous before hand and took time to draft the main points I wanted to say. I am fortunate not to have experienced cancer first hand myself or (touch wood) within my close family therefore, I felt it was important to say the right thing. I came up with this:
“Good morning and welcome everyone to the Relay for Life in Worcester.
We are all here today as we all hold one thing in common…we want to beat Cancer.
It is a known fact that more than 1 in 2 people will be affected by cancer at some point during their lives. However, thanks to the life-saving work of Cancer Research UK, more and more people than ever before are living with or surviving cancer.
As individuals we plough on, whether you are ; A personal who is unfortunate to have experience Cancer or is currently fighting it, A family member or friend who is giving their love and support each day to help get a person they love through it, The fund raisers that hold events such as this, to bring in money that enables the fantastic scientists to try new methods and hopefully one day, find a cure, The nurses and doctors that provide the phenomenal care, treatments and help to those who need it the most, And to the general public who support the charities and give generously to make the aforementioned possible, And together as nation we battle to help the people of the UK. I am fortunate enough to have not experienced Cancer in my life so far, however I support this amazing cause as you will never know when you may need help. I would like to thank everyone present today, and for the part they are playing, in the help to fight back against cancer.
Every penny counts, every ounce of effort, and every person can make a difference for the future. So enjoy your day and most importantly have fun together! Thank you”
Once the formalities were done I then had the honour of lighting the ‘Relay for Life’ Candle which remains lit throughout the event. The first lap was the ‘survivor’s lap. It was an emotional couple of minuets for family members, friends and organisers watching their loved ones when many of them may have feared the worst . It shows that this amazing charity can help people pull through and survive.
Then all the teams took to the track which marked the start of the 24 hours! Jamie from Youthcom radio was present announcing what was coming up within the next two days, and we both had a great time helping Tina judge which team had the best home made banner and camp set up! My favourite raffle prize I spotted was from the last stand which was a whole bucket of beer!!
Before finishing off for the morning we sat and listened to Lynda’s speech which was more in-depth with facts and what the contestants crucial funds will go towards. They will be opening near London a brand new centre which will enable more testing to find these life saving cures.
It was great to see all these people com together and participate in the event however, it would be lovely to see the field packed with even more teams! I feel if I had of know about the event when they start planning for the year ahead I could have helped raise more awareness therefore for the next lucky girl who wins Miss Worcestershire I will be passing over a pack with information details on of events and meeting to attend and help out in as the sooner you know the better!!
All in all it was a lovely morning with inspiring people of all ages who got involved in something that matters!!
Love your Miss Worcestershire