While many of us might have been snug in bed, 23 boys from Edmund Webb Boarding House stayed up overnight to participate in the annual Relay for Life event organised by the Cancer Council from 30 April to 1 May 2016. Accompanied by members of the Boarding family, the boys raised over $2,000 to support Cancer research.
Boarder David Perri (11/PR), who has participated in the event three years in a row, said the tradition was initiated by Boarding Master Mr Will Van Asperan five years ago. Fellow boarder, Brian Wu (11/LE) who also completed the run this year said this is his sixth time running and that this year’s Relay provided a great atmosphere for all participating.
“It was definitely better than last year, though this is probably because it wasn’t pouring down with rain every two seconds. The boys really did get involved with the event as a whole, with many attending the memorial ceremony, either to remember a lost one or simply out of respect for their fellow boarders who had,” Brian and Mark said.
Beginning at 9:00 AM on Saturday morning and ending at 10:00 AM on Sunday morning, the relay itself was strenuous and required the boys to get up and walk or run at some point during the night.
“Most of the boys walked for many hours, with some even numbering up to 4 or 5. You could definitely tell that the boys were exhausted from the event, as when we got back to the boarding house at 12:00 PM on Sunday, most of the boys ran for the shower and then went straight to bed and disappeared until dinner in the evening.”
A big congratulations to Edmund Webb Boarding house for supporting this worthy cause!
10 May 2016