The Relay For Life Gibraltar organising Committee have announced that the funds raised for the Relay have reached the magnificent and record-breaking sum of £75,600.43, surpassing all expectations.
The event was held at the Victoria Stadium at the end of September where over 1200 people participated in 79 teams for the 24 hour overnight event. A statement released by the committee members explained that "96 cancer survivors were also present as Guests of Honour for the first lap, started off by Miss Gibraltar Jodie Garcia, proving to be a particularly poignant moment."
A constant stream of spectators also attended throughout the weekend to witness and support the efforts of all the participants committed around the track over 24 hours. "All these people played their own part in ensuring the event’s success and ultimately this has enabled us to collectively accomplish such a positive outcome" continued the statement.
Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the weekend was the Candle of Hope Ceremony just after sunset. "That proved to be a particularly touching occasion when over 900 dedicated candle bags were lit up on the stands and around the track evoking strong emotions and setting the mood for the whole event.
The organising committee wishes to thank everyone who attended, participated, assisted and supported Relay For Life Gibraltar in many different ways which clearly demonstrates a clear determination by our Community to work towards eradicating cancer from our lives.
￼There are a great number of people to thank, many of whom have given up their time, raised and donated money to help make this Relay the success it has been and without them this would certainly not have been possible.
They are numerous and are mentioned below in no particular order:
Participants, survivors and helpers, HM Government of Gibraltar, St Johns Ambulance, Gibraltar Kennel Club, Father Charlie, STM Fidecs, Europort (International) Holdings Ltd, u-mee, Gib Elec, Hon Minister Costa, Hon Minister Linares & staff at Ministry for Culture / Sport, Reagan Lima and his team at the Gibraltar Sports and Leisure Authori- ty and Stadium personnel on duty, Miss Gibraltar Jodie Garica, Gibralflora, Restsso, Domino’s Pizza, Gibmaroc, Atlantic Suites Health Spa & Gym, Roots Hair and Skin Centre, Alimentana, Airport Fire & Rescue Service, the Press and Media GBC, and Al- ice at the Gibraltar Chronicle, Victoria Stadium Bar, Admiral Security, Saccone & Speed, Eroski, Andrew Neish, Christine Linares, DHL, Janine Pereira and team from GIBFIT, Jo Evans & Steph Maddox from CRUK & the Team from Relay For Life Pe- terhead who came over especially for this event, Gibtelecom for providing WIFI, Mor- risons, Victoria Bishop, Peter Canessa, Fresh Entertainment, Aqua Gib, The Lounge, Leisure Cinemas, Dion Mansfield, Melanie Figueras, Sunborn, Christian Santos, Cello Player Rafael Ramirez Barea, Stefan Borge, Kelly-Anne Borge, Claire Hernandez, Andy Coumbe, Davina Barbara, Stylos Dance Studios, Gibraltar Academy of Dance, Urban Dance, Danza Academy, Transitions, Showdance Company, A.I.M (Art In Movement), Mediterranean Dance Group, G.A.M.P.A Choir, Nolan Frendo, Layla Rose, No Limits Entertainment, Disney Character outfits Jackie Asquez and anyone else who may have been inadvertently omitted.
Well done and many thanks to all as this is an investment for a better future. Thanks again and see you all next time when we will be bigger and better.
Nicky, Dennis, Therese, Stephen, Adrian & Giovi Relay For Life Gibraltar Committee"