I’m back in Brussels and ready to get blogging again! Apologies for the two-week hiatus but sometimes a girl just needs a little break. 🙂 Now let’s get back to all the best of Brussels as there is so much happening this summer.
We had great weather this past Sunday for the annual 20k in Brussels. Although the sun might not be shining quite as brightly this coming weekend, there is another chance to lace up your running shoes and get moving, this time for Relay for Life, a 24-hour relay to support cancer survivors and research.
What started back in 1985 with one man running alone for 24 hours to collect money for the American Cancer Society has grown into an international movement. Relay for Life events are now held in over 20 countries to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost and unites communities in the fight against cancer by raising awareness and funds.
The international community of Brussels, with the support of the Belgian Foundation against Cancer and in partnership with St. John’s International School, will host its second annual Relay For Life on June 2-3 in Waterloo. The event starts at noon on Saturday and will run for 24 hours, until noon on Sunday. Teams of all ages will take turns walking or running around a track for 24 hours, which is symbolic of the constant battle patients and their families endure in their fight with the disease.
There are several different ways to get involved.
Join a team to run or walk – One member from each team is required to be on the track at all times, usually for about to 2-3 hours per member, and aim to collect approximately 1 euro/minute for the duration of the rely. Sign up here.
Support the participants – Volunteer at the event, buy a raffle ticket or cheer on the teams. See more info here about side activities and fun for kids. Free entrance.
Make a donation – Help raise money to support research, provide care to people affected by cancer, along with their families, and promote prevention. Give here.
From the event, 97% of funds raised will go directly to support local cancer patients and their families, and cancer research. So many of us have been touched by cancer in different ways and this is a great chance to help raise funds and fight back against the disease. I hope, with your help, that this event will be a huge success!
Images via Relay for Life.