Relay for Life

When: Friday, March 31st. Workshops starting at 7pm, 9pm, and 10pm.

Where: CSU Channel Islands Campus; South Quad.

Why did I choose Relay for Life as an event to hold my workshop?

Relay for Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society that takes place in 27 different countries and is coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities. It is a team event where team members fundraise and for 24 hours members take turns walking around the track to emphasize the idea that cancer never sleeps. (http://relay.acsevents.org) The overall goal is to raise not only funds to help fight cancer, but awareness of cancer and how it affects lives.

I chose Relay for Life  for a couple of reasons, but the first reason being the community I originally wanted to address. The population I have designed my workshop around is college students, and although this event will include others in the surrounding community, it is CSU Channel Islands’ official Relay for Life event and many of the booths and teams consist of students attending the college. Another reason I was drawn to Relay for Life is because many people are affected by cancer, both indirectly or directly, and the word itself can bring up a mix of emotions. My workshop allows participants to explore their emotions without having to verbally explain or even put their feelings into words. I aspire to create a safe place for students to take the time to non-verbally explore and express their current emotions, especially during an event that is personal to so many.