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Run for a Life 2021 – Supporting CanTeen

Rachel Pitcaithly —

CanTeen is an organisation close to our hearts.

It supports young people across Aotearoa who are impacted by cancer, whether it’s their own diagnosis or that of an immediate family member. Many of our Bedean Community, past and present have been or are being supported by CanTeen and most of us know someone affected by cancer. Our CanTeen ‘Run for a Life’ Campaign is an opportunity for us, as a College, to support this wonderful organisation once again. We started our partnership with CanTeen 20 years ago and to date have raised over $700,000 for their vital work. For 2021, our twentieth year of association, our campaign consists of our CanTeen concert, Head Shave, Home Team Day and The Run.

This week’s newsletter feature is ‘The Run’.

On Tuesday 28 September 180 pupils, 40 support staff, 27 vans and 9 support vehicles will leave St Bede’s College on the start of our ‘Run for a Life’ CanTeen Fundraiser. They will travel to nine different destinations around the South Island (Karamea, Nelson, Havelock, Haast, Mount Cook, Dunedin, Lawrence, Central Lakes and Bluff(tbc)) and prepare for their five-day run back to Christchurch. Over those five days they will run 100kms each, always with the focus of CanTeen first. For those selected for the run, it is a once in a life time opportunity. They will develop a team bond which they may never experience quite the same again; they will be personally challenged and they will get to experience the beauty of New Zealand and a strong sense of achievement. They will come home changed young men.

This run is hard. Spending five days together is hard. We eat what is provided for us, we sleep in any accommodation we are given and there are three main rules -

Don’t moan.

Eat what you are given

And remember – whilst this feels hard, it is not as hard as living with cancer so keep going.

Everyone can do their part whether they are staying at home or going on the run. We challenge every Bedean to raise $100 for this campaign and every runner to raise a minimum of $500. Every dollar counts. The local communities we run through are vital to our campaign – any help is valued. We are looking for support financially, meal provision, sponsorship and accommodation across all nine routes. Details will be published on the website and in the newsletter in first week of Term three. For any further information or offers of support with accommodation or food please contact Rachel Pitcaithly - rpitcaithly@stbedes.school.nz For support through sponsorship, please see the attached PDF letter or contact cwilkinson@stbedes.school.nz

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