Yate Relay History
Relay For Life is the largest non-profit fundraising event in the world, and now takes place in more than 20 countries! It All started in Washington, USA with a surgeon who was a keen runner who wanted to make a difference.
1985 saw the first Relay take place
In 1985 in Tacoma, Washington USA, when a Surgeon, Dr. Gordy Klatt, a keen runner, decided he wanted to make a difference and walked around a track for 24hours. He raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. The following year he recruited a committee and 19 teams to join him on this unique overnight experience, and Relay For Life was born!
In 2006 Yate got involved
Since then Yate Relay has gone on to raise over a quarter of a million pounds for Cancer Research UK
Over the Years we have had fly overs from the Black Cat and Red Arrows Display teams. Thank you to them!
We have visits from local mayors and positions and many bands have supported us for free, again our thanks go to them!
We are proud to have raised a massive amount of money for Cancer Research
Why 24 hours?
We are asking you to give up a day of your life for those who may not have another - the 24 hours is symbolic and gives Relay For Life it's unique appeal.
Relay For Life is more than just a fundraiser. It allows communities to come together, to honour Cancer Survivors, remember those whose lives have been lost, educate the community on cancer prevention and early detection, and raise life-saving funds to help Cancer Research UK find new answers to the many different forms of cancer.
Cancer Research UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1089464), Scotland (SC041666) and the Isle of Man (1103). A company limited by guarantee. Registered company in England and Wales (4325234) and the Isle of Man (5713F). Registered address: Angel Building, 407 St John Street, London EC1V 4AD
Views represented are not official Cancer Research UK, their website can be found here.