Students raise $45,000 during Relay for Life

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The Middle Township Relay for Life went on, despite heavy rains, after students moved the relay into the high school on Friday, May 16. The Middle Township Relay for Life went on, despite heavy rains, after students moved the relay into the high school on Friday, May 16. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Torrential rains last Friday may have played a part in the $45,000 record-breaking Relay for Life fundraiser organized by the student council at Middle Township High School, when it forced the event indoors.

“After the rain decided to come very hard, we were disappointed,” said Sammy Geisinger, student council president and event chairwoman. “We thought by moving it inside, we would lose some of the independence and games we had planned, but it was better than we expected.”

The event had initially been planned at Memorial Field at 6 p.m. Friday, May 16 and slated to end 12 hours later at 6 a.m. Saturday, May 17. The rain, however, left the student organizers of the relay with few options.

Michelle Salfi, Geisinger’s mother, said that when the sky opened up, the students had no choice but to move the event inside the high school.

“We used the main gym at the high school for the ceremonies, and turned the school into a track for the walkers,” Salfi said.

The Middle Township Relay for Life went on, despite heavy rains, after students moved the relay into the high school on Friday, May 16. The Middle Township Relay for Life went on, despite heavy rains, after students moved the relay into the high school on Friday, May 16. Salfi said the hallways in the school form a loop around the largest of the three gyms. “We put the sponsors’ signs on the walls, and the registrants walked the track we set up,” she said.

The student council was even able to honor cancer victims and survivors with the luminaries – paper bags inscribed with the names are normally displayed on the track with candles inside to illuminate them.

“We were able to use tea lights with batteries in them, so we were able to do the luminaries in the gym,” Salfi said. “We turned the lights down low. It was beautiful.”

Geisinger said she didn’t yet have the total number of registrants for the relay, though 530 people signed up for the walk prior to the event.

“Personally, I think we had about 150 more people who registered at the school,” Geisinger said.

The student council president described the night of the Relay for Life Middle Township NJ as one of the most successful nights they’ve ever had.

“It was an opportunity for the community and the high school students to get together and raise money to fight cancer,” she said. “It was a very emotional night for all of us.”

photos by Sammy Geisinger

The Middle Township Relay for Life went on, despite heavy rains, after students moved the relay into the high school on Friday, May 16. The Middle Township Relay for Life went on, despite heavy rains, after students moved the relay into the high school on Friday, May 16. The Middle Township Relay for Life went on, despite heavy rains, after students moved the relay into the high school on Friday, May 16. The Middle Township Relay for Life went on, despite heavy rains, after students moved the relay into the high school on Friday, May 16.

 


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