Relay For Life of Lommel - Global Spirit of Relay For Life - Event Award Winner

Relay For Life Lommel, the warmest weekend in Lommel!

 

 Figure 1: Relay For Life Lommel at night. ©Monique Bogaerts

Like most citizens of Lommel, I’m very proud of my hometown. What makes this rather small Belgian city so special? Lommel is the warmest place in Flanders; the temperature here usually is a little bit higher than the rest of Flanders. But, during the third weekend of September the temperature in Lommel rises even more! That weekend the citizens of Lommel and surrounding villages unite together for their Relay For Life event. Families, friends , co-workers… together arm and arm for the same goal: beating cancer!

 

As a member of the committee that plans the Relay For Life Lommel, I have the privilege to work with extremely driven and qualified co-members. Our committee is one warm group, consisting of people with different backgrounds each having their own story. Every member of our committee is responsible for a position which best matches their qualifications, skills, and passion, which forms the foundation of our committee.

Figure 2: From left to right --> (A) Sunscreen corner at Relay For Life Lommel, (B) Sun prevention kit for schools, from the Belgium Foundation Against Cancer, (C) Setup of the UV-scanner at Relay For Life Lommel. ©Ruben Vanderhoydonk

Figure 2: From left to right --> (A) Sunscreen corner at Relay For Life Lommel, (B) Sun prevention kit for schools, from the Belgium Foundation Against Cancer,
(C) Setup of the UV-scanner at Relay For Life Lommel. ©Ruben Vanderhoydonk

The Relay For Life Lommel has a strong history and has seen great success in the past! On our counter, 4203 participants spread over 102 teams had collected a total amount of 164 791 Euro. During our Relay For Life event our Survivors are our V.I.P. guests, so it was a real honor that we could welcome 136 Survivors to our event. In Lommel we believe that a world without cancer starts with cancer prevention. That is why we pay a lot of attention to our mission activities. Last edition, we made it our mission to inform our participants about the dangers of sun exposure. By means of a UV-scanner, a trained team of doctors showed our participants the sun damage of their skin. Today, we are very happy to see that our mission activities have inspired other Relays in Belgium.   

In 2014 our Relay For life event did not pass by unnoticed! Besides the price for ‘Lommel’s citizen of the year’ (Translation of Lommelaar van het jaar), we got selected by the American Cancer Society for the Global Spirit of Relay Event Award! We are more than honored to be selected for this title, it means a great acknowledgment of our work! Nevertheless, we could not have done this without the help of our sponsors and volunteers! Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who made Relay For Life Lommel a success! In the meantime we are doing our best to make next Relay For Life Lommel another big hit!

Hope to see you all on 19-20 September 2015, during the warmest weekend in Lommel!

Best wishes,

Anke Van Summeren


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