On the 30th of April, 37 Pharmacy students participated in Relay For Life 2019 held at the University of Otago clock tower.

We walked and ran over a span of 12 hours to celebrate with cancer survivors, remember loved ones we have lost to cancer and come together to fight back! We raised a total of $4927.97, managing to come second overall out of all the teams in Dunedin. This is the most we have ever fundraised as a Pharmacy School. Our own Pharmacy Student, Jordan Macdonald (P4), shaved his head for a cure and to commemorate his own personal story. Jordan fundraised the most money overall in Dunedin, raising $2609.43! One of the other highlights of the night was the candle-light ceremony in which we celebrated survivors and remembered loved ones. The whole event had vibrant energy, fun activities to participate in, a complimentary cooked breakfast and a strong sense of community support.

A speech was given by a cancer survivor, who shared his story and highlighted the importance of getting symptoms checked out if you or anyone close to you are concerned, before complications arise and to better outcomes. Overall it was an amazing event to remember; a massive thank-you goes out to everyone who got involved and did something for a great cause.

– Tasia Sissing – NZAPS-O Sports Representative 2019

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