52 schools, six universities, eight sponsors, 34 authorities and 67 cancer survivors are among the participants.
With a day to go before the event starts this Friday at 4pm (17 November) till the same time Saturday, 18 November, at American University of Sharjah, FoCP is calling on even more supporters to take part by either registering online or throughout the day of the walkathon.
Dr Sawsan Al Madhi, Director General of FoCP, believes the immense public support for Relay for Life reflects their understanding that every individual can make a difference.
“Any contribution, no matter how great or small is an invaluable addition in the campaign to raise awareness, and with Relay for Life people are giving more than their money, they are giving their time and showing their commitment. There is a very real desire to participate rather than simply donate and the 1,700 people who have registered so far have answered that call.
“I am certain we will see even greater interest as the event nears and we would urge as many people as possible to play a part in what is not only a worthy cause but also an exciting social occasion. Friends of Cancer Patients has always enjoyed overwhelming generosity during its fundraising activities and as the region’s first Relay for Life draws closer, we know that kindness and spirit of humanity and hope will continue to grow.
“This is also a wonderful example of how the people of the UAE have taken the nation’s Year of Giving into their hearts.”
Over 40 entertainment activities will happen around the clock during Relay for Life include a host of live bands and DJs, as well as comedy acts, poetry and storytelling. There is also American football, golf, bubble soccer, and jousting. For the youngsters, bouncy castles, games, arts and crafts, face painting, movies and a soft play area will keep them entertained. Some relaxing moments for the adults include spinning classes, pilates, doodling and yoga, and for the more energetic, boot camp, power stretching, zumba and core express will work up a sweat.
The Relay for Life itself will have a variety of themes at set times, including make a new friend lap, sing-along lap, movement lap, casual lap, tutu lap, glow lap, superhero lap, conga lap, wake up lap, three-legged lap, kids lap, family lap, silly hat lap, make some noise lap, selfie lap, fancy dress lap, crazy hair lap, and finally at 3pm on 18 November, fight back lap.
As well as the 1,700 participations registered so far, FoCP has also been keen to highlight the opportunity for people to contribute to fundraising through general sales of food and beverage, home-made gifts, candles, T-shirts and much more during the walkathon onsite.
Crescent Petroleum and Bank of Sharjah are Relay for Life’s Platinum Partners while Petrofac is the Gold Partner.
The American University of Sharjah will supply the sports grounds for the event, display logos of the sponsors, support FoCP with venue security and support with volunteers and parking. Volunteering by members of the public is being actively encouraged to help the smooth running and success of this hugely important occasion.
Members of the public can pre-register through the website www.focp.ae/relayforlifeuae or on-site during the event.
Teams of up to 20 people can participate, with a registration fee – including event admission and T-shirt – of AED 100 per adult and AED 60 per child. A family package means that two adults and two children under the age of 13 can enter for AED 250 (AED 40 for each additional child).
Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP) is a non-profit organisation that was founded in 1999 with the aim of spreading awareness about the six early detectable cancers; breast cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer, testicular cancer and colon cancer.
Apart from its awareness activities, FoCP provides moral and financial support for thousands of patients and their families regardless of nationality and age.