The heavy downpour failed to dampen the spirit of the 3,500 enthusiastic crowd from gathering at Dataran Petaling Jaya on September 5 and September 6 2015 to celebrate and support National Cancer Society of Malaysia’s (NCSM) Relay for Life (RFL) Kuala Lumpur 2015.
The opening ceremony began at 6.00pm with a speech by Dato’ Zuraidah Atan, Chairperson of Relay for Life Malaysia and was graced by the presence of Raja Permaisuri Perak, Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Zara Salim, who officiated the ceremony by cutting the ribbon.
Relay for Life is a community-based, volunteer-driven event that celebrates the lives of people who have battled and survived cancer, remember loved ones who lost their lives to cancer and continue in its effort to fight back against the disease. This year marks the 9th anniversary of RFL Kuala Lumpur 2015.
The event began with cancer survivors being given the honour of walking the first lap. The highlight of Relay for Life was the special Luminaria ceremony whereby hundreds of luminaria bags were lit by participants and lined along the track and left burning throughout the night to remember loves ones lost to cancer.
The event activities included entertainment, food and games that kept participants engaged for the 16-hour relay. This year, there were 320 survivors and 203 teams from student communities, corporations, NGOs and from all walks of life who camped out overnight and took turns to walk or run on the field.
At the closing ceremony on Sunday, Dato’ Zuraidah said “I am proud of everyone for coming together help support the fight against cancer. Thank you to our committee members, teams, participants and sponsors who helped make this event happen.”
NCSM deeply appreciates the generous contributions and support of the main sponsors, Astro, Bridgestone Tyres, Tune Insurance, VitaHealth, Brother International, Oriental Metal Industries, Murphy Oil, Accenture, Experian, Idifynetz, Directd Retail & Wholesale, Satu Gadget Dot.Com, Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Berhad, Spritzer and Southern Lion.
Started in the United States in 1985, Relay for Life is now held in more than 20 countries. In Malaysia, it is also held in Penang and Melaka. This year, Relay for Life celebrates its 30th anniversary globally.