Last April, Brooklyn Tech held its first Relay for Life (RFL) event in association with the American Cancer Society. The RFL brought together the community through a common goal to raise cancer awareness and money to find a cure.
Waleed Awan ’14, co-chair on the RFL committee, said, “Last year, we raised about $20,000, and this year we hope to exceed this.”
This year, Relay for Life returns with the same mission. The kickoff, held on November 8th, was the official start to all fundraising activities that lead up to the Relay for Life in March. The exact date has not been decided yet.
According to Emma Costa ’14, another co-chair on the committee, students will be able to contribute throughout the year. “Make or join a fundraising team. Together you can set a goal and think of creative ideas to help raise money for the cause,” says Costa.
Anyone can create or join a team at www.relayforlife.org/brooklyntechnicalhighschoolNY. Each team is responsible for raising a certain amount of money. The clubs currently associated with Relay for Life are the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Students Against Violence Everywhere, Key Club, Red Cross, and National Society of Black Engineers.
RFL will have various events throughout the school year. One of which will be a gift-wrapping booth during the holidays at Kings Plaza.
All the fundraising ends in March, during the final event of Relay for Life. It is still being planned, but is expected to have a carnival-like atmosphere similar to last year’s. Each activity will serve as a reminder for the cause the attendees are supporting.
There will be a variety of booths and planned performances by students and even some teachers. Like last year, a “department” fashion show and a dunk tank with Mr. Torres is scheduled to take place.
The Luminaria celebration will end the Relay for Life event. It is the traditional ceremony during which candles are lit in Luminaria bags decorated by those attending to remember those who have fought or are currently fighting cancer.