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Relay for life collects $13,000

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By Alexis Alexander, Video Editor

UNCP hosted the annual Relay for Life event on April 11 on the UC lawn from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Thus far, the event has raised over $13,000 out of the $20,000 goal they’d set for this year.

One of the biggest factors contributing to the $20,000 goal not being met was the change of date, which was a safety precaution.

Chair Samantha Langley said that the main priority was the safety of those present.

The event was originally scheduled for April 10, but due to the possibility of inclement weather it was rescheduled for the following morning. This change cut the 24-hour event down to four hours.

The date change was met with mixed reviews from some of the teams present.

“I have mixed feelings about it,” said Sponsorship Chair Desiree Ware. “Those who had bigger plans had to condense it into a four hour event.”

Ware came without a goal set for PRSSA’s earnings. However, those who did have a set goal, questioned the ability to meet their goals given the shorter time allowed.

“It should have been moved to another Friday,” said Sigma Alpha Lota member Alyssa Richardson.             

She said that such an adjustment could’ve made for a more “active” event.

She anticipated the event’s length affecting the amount of money raised. In regards to reaching their $100 goal , Richardson said, “Probably halfway…But who knows, we might get lucky.”

Out of the 30 teams registered for the event, half missed due to date change. Of the teams that participated, the bookstore raised the most money at the event and the nursing team raised the most overall.

Team member Casey Horne said the nursing department was happy to “pitch in and make a difference” because each team member knows someone that has been affected by cancer in some way.

In regards to their decision to sell food Horne said, “The nursing department has sold food for many years…it’s like a tradition.”

Knowing most teams would be selling food during the event, SGA President Biruk Kassaw said that Student Involvement and ACE wanted to “Go outside the norm.” To do so, the team decided to bring in a Pirates of The Caribbean inflatable obstacle course. Not only did the inflatable keep with Relay for Life’s Disney theme, Kassaw said that it was kid friendly.

Despite the set back, Langley said the event went well considering the changes made and says money is still being donated from teams.

In regards to the upcoming luminary ceremony Langley said, “We hope that it’ll go well.”  She said she also expects the luminary to garner more funds, while remembering the lives of those taken by cancer.

Photo by Sara Owen. The UNCP Nursing department raised the most money overall for the 2015 UNCP Relay for Life