Students Raise $31,000 for Cancer Society

April 06, 2009 - News Release

University of Guelph students raised more than $31, 000 for the Canadian Cancer Society during the recent Relay for Life. About 290 people in teams of 10 participated in the 12-hour relay that was held in the Gryphon Dome March 28.

“We continue to be overwhelmed by the support of the university. Guelph is a very compassionate campus,” said Emily Clark, who co-chaired the event with fellow student Kim McLeod. Both students have been involved with the event for the past four years, and are among 30 volunteers who organized this year’s fundraiser.Donations will continue to be accepted online at until April 30.

The Relay for Life fundraising initiative takes place across Canada and the United States at various times throughout the year. U of G was the first university to organize the 12-hour relay, and this is the fifth year for the event.

Before the event, participants raise $100 each in pledges, on top of their $10 registration fee. All proceeds go to fund cancer research, support programs and advocacy. The money raised from the U of G event goes towards helping the Canadian Cancer Society’s local groups support cancer patients and fund research into new and more effective treatments.

For media questions, contact U of G Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, Ext. 53338, or Barry Gunn, Ext. 56982

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