By Lauren Prince ’14Editor-in-Chief
Claremont Colleges Relay For Life is finally here! After months of planning by the Claremont Colleges Against Cancer club, the 24-hour event that raises money for the American Cancer Society (ACS) will be held this from this Saturday at 11 a.m. to the next day at 11a.m. at the CMC Track.
“Planning Relay For Life has been an incredibly rewarding experience, not just because it’s a wonderful cause, but because of the absolutely outstanding people I’ve worked with for the past year,” said Selene Hsu ’15, Logistics Chair.
The Claremont Colleges Against Cancer club has been planning and running Relay For Life for four years. 150 students participated last year, and they raised about $34,000 for the American Cancer Society. This year, 230 participants have signed up and have already raised $20,000. The club decided to paint the entirety of Walker Wall because “painting the whole wall, like Relay For Life being a 24-hour event, is a reminder of the perpetual fight [for] people who have or have had to battle cancer. By mirroring the omnipresence of cancer and the effect is had on everyone in society, painting the entirety of the wall reminds people of the struggle and implores them to join forces with us in the fight against cancer by participating in Relay For Life,” said Vice President Justin Gutzwa (PO ’14).
Have you seen those purple sweatshirts around campus? Relay For Life decided to order sweatshirts for their entire committee, so they would be walking billboards to recruit new participants and be liaisons between ACS and the 5C student body. The sweatshirts have a dinosaur that says, “Help us fight cancer?” The group has adopted a hashtag to help them campaign as well: #Iam5cRelay.
Their theme this year is Prehistoric Jungle Safari, so there will be a Dinosaur Bounce House, a dinosaur egg hunt, and other fun dinosaur related activities.
There will be free professional 10-minute massages, Hamster Balls, arts and crafts, pony inflatables, and other fun things throughout the entire day. The rest of the fun activities are below.
“There’s no advertising like someone actually doing the event, so the better we can get people to come out and see the greatness for themselves, the better Relay will be in 2014,” said Gutzwa.
11 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
(2 5C student cancer survivors are speaking)
1:30 p.m. Water Balloon fight
2 p.m. Without a Box
3 p.m. K-Pop performance and workshop
5 p.m Miss Relay Pageant
6 p.m. Dodgeball Tournament ($1 entrance fee)
6 p.m. Hip Hop Workshop
7 p.m. Kosher Chords
7:45 Men’s Blue and White
9 p.m. Luminaria Ceremony
10:30 p.m. Ultimate Frisbee
11 p.mm. Inland Emperors
12 a.m. Super Smash Bros Tournament ($1 entrance fee)
1 a.m. Zumba
1:30 a.m. Energy Drink Pong Tournament ($1 entrance fee)
2 a.m. Jurassic Park Screening
4 a.m. Just Dance 3
6 a.m. Sunrise Yoga
10:30 a.m. Closing Ceremonies