Oakville Trafalgar High School Relay for Life

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OTHS Relay for Life
Oakville Trafalgar High School Relay for Life
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Claire Hillis

Claire Hillis is a grade 12 student at Oakville Trafalgar High School (OTHS) in Oakville, ON. She is also the Promotion Committee Co-Chair for OTHS' 2017 Relay for Life Cancer Fundraiser.


Relay for Life is a bi-annual overnight fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society that OTHS holds every two years. Students form teams of 8-12 and prior to the event, each individual fundraises at least $125 to participate in the event. On the night of the event, there are the Luminary Ceremonies where we take time to remember loved ones who have battled cancer and lost, and the Survivor Ceremonies, where we celebrate those who won the battle and those who are still fighting.

Throughout the night, students take turns walking the track. There is also entertainment throughout the night, like live music performers, a waxing/hair-cutting event where the hair is donated to the Canadian Cancer Society, and fun games in the gym. This event is the largest fundraiser at OTHS, with over 1000 participants and 12 planning committees.

Two years ago, we broke the record for highest fundraising high school in Canada in the history of the Canadian Cancer Society, raising $187,000. Unfortunately, we were beaten last year by a school in Newmarket, but we plan to regain our title this year with a fundraising goal of $205,000. This event is amazing because it unites the school as a community and it truly showcases the power and passion of our youth when they have a cause to fight for. Relay for Life is an event that touches everyone.

The students of Oakville Trafalgar are looking for event sponsors. The event is on Friday, May 26th and registration to enter the event starts at 5:30 pm. The event officially starts at 7:00 pm and will run until 7:00 am the following morning. Relay will be held at OTHS (1460 Devon Road, Oakville, ON) at the back of the school, on the field. If you are interested in sponsoring a team or the event please email: othsrelay2017@gmail.com and direct the message to the Promotion Committee Chairs, Claire or Mica.



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