During the month of February I was asked to volunteer to be part of the CANSA Relay For Life Committee to help organise the event that was to be held within three weeks of me joining. My proposed role was to source and manage entertainment.
FREAK OUT! Only 3 weeks!
So here I was, little old me, with three weeks to plan the entertainment for a 12 hour overnight relay! I must admit I was a tad concerned, so I started making calls right away.
In the end the stage was set and my programme of singers, dancers and ceremonies ran according to plan! I was so relieved, but I was more shocked by the emotions and enthusiasm of the people in the crowd. From 4pm to 4am they just kept going and going…all this to raise funds for a good cause.
The CANSA Association is dedicated to finding a cure for cancer and serving patients with financial difficulties. Relay For Life gives communities affected by cancer the opportunity to raise awareness of the killer disease. The event, Relay For Life Parow, raised nearly R90 000!
The experience of being part of a successful task was humbling and I’m proud to say I’m a member on the committee for the 2011 event too.
Money, money, money…
No, I don’t get paid to do it, but it brought me the kind of happiness someone only gets from doing something for someone else. When last did you think of putting the energy and effort of your body and mind into something that makes a difference?
Albert Einstein said: “It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” Wise guy…
Daily I look around and wonder the same thing: “Why are we all too selfish and proud to get down on our knees and scrub the floor of the earth to give thanks for it being there to walk on?” and “Why is it so hard to want to do something good for your fellow-man when you know you will get nothing physical out?”
Feel free to comment on this one. I’d like to start a discussion…