Harding University Hosts Relay for Life
October 01, 2019Harding University hosts Relay for Life, aims to raise $30,000 for American Cancer Society
SEARCY, Ark. (Oct. 1, 2019) — Harding University is hosting its annual Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society (ACS) Friday, Oct. 4 through Saturday, Oct. 5. The theme of the event is “Carnival for a Cure.”
The Relay for Life executive committee is aiming to raise $30,000. The committee raised $27,000 in 2018, surpassing their goal of $20,000. Twenty-eight teams will participate in the event, each hosting a booth featuring games, food and more to contribute to the fundraising goal. The executive committee will provide entertainment throughout the all-night event, including a slideshow, a survivors parade and musical entertainment.
“Relay for Life truly exemplifies the community of Harding University,” said Abbie Lippincott, student co-director of Relay for Life. “Getting to join together on the front lawn all night to show our support for the American Cancer Society and all it is doing in the fight against cancer is so special. It touches more people than we can count.”
The event will begin at 5 p.m. Friday with an opening ceremony and opportunity for cancer survivors to walk a lap around the front lawn of the Harding campus. Additional groups will make a lap around the front lawn at the top of every hour until 5 a.m. A luminary ceremony will take place at 9 p.m. The white paper bags containing small candles will be available for $5 each to commemorate those who have been diagnosed with cancer. The luminaries will be lit and displayed around the front lawn as a symbol of hope for a cure.
“Relay for Life is an opportunity to provide hope, celebrate victory and dedicate yourself to finding a cure for cancer,” said Lisa Bryant, assistant professor of education and Relay for Life adviser.
Harding University is a private Christian, liberal arts university located in Searcy, Arkansas. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, it is the largest private university in the state. Harding’s student body represents all 50 states and 50 nations and territories. The University offers more than 100 undergraduate majors; graduate and professional degrees at the master’s, specialist and doctoral levels; as well as numerous study abroad opportunities including locations in Australasia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia. Harding is ranked No. 3 nationally in student engagement by the Wall Street Journal for 2019. For more information, visit harding.edu.
PHOTO by Jeff Montgomery: Harding University hosts Relay for Life, aims to raise $30,000 for American Cancer Society