One person can make a difference – this sounds like a cliché but it can happen; in 1985 Dr. Gordy Klatt from the U.S.A. wanted to do something to help stop the endless pain, suffering and loss due to cancer. He decided to raise funds for the local American Cancer Society by doing something he enjoyed : running. He spent an incredible 24 hours running around an athletics track to raise money for this worthy cause – a gruelling feat, but representative of what someone fighting cancer endures. He asked for the support of people he knew and managed to raise $27 000 USD !!
While he circled the track, he thought about how others could take part and this lead him to envisage a 24 hour team relay event that would raise money for the fight against cancer. Dr. Kaltt’s determination was contagious and the following year he tapped into networks of friends, family and associates to raise funds for Relay For Life. No longer a one-man show, Relay for Life events now involve entire communities with a mutual goal to eradicate cancer.
In this spirit Safari Ostrich Farm entered two teams in this year’s local event in Oudtshoorn. The Oudtshoorn Relay for Life event is the longest running one in South Africa and this past Saturday (February 4 ) held it’s tenth Relay for Life.
Our staff was very supportive from the start when we told them we want to enter a team – so much so that we ended up entering two teams. We were glad to be part of this great initiative and it was a blast for all of us who could partake.
CANSA (Cancer South Africa) Relay for life has taken South Africa by storm with over a 100 events scheduled for 2017. Safari Ostrich Farm thinks this is a great initiative and we really enjoyed being part of this amazing overnight event.