Guest Blogger James Garlick, Relay For Life volunteer from Australia, writes about the 2013 National Relay For Life Campus Leadership Summit in Georgia
The 2013 American Cancer Society National Relay For Life Campus Leadership Summit has been a tremendously informative experience. Our American friends do Relay so well and I'm looking forward to bringing home to Australia, many ideas that we can implement to improve the number of students and young people who Relay.
Attending this Summit will allow me to deliver fresh ideas into the Australian Relay landscape. These new ideas such as college/ university campus Relays and the Student Leadership Initiative will transform and invigorate the way students and young people engage with Relay. This will grow Relay's participant base and in turn recruit more people and fundraising into the world wide Relay movement.
During the Summit, I met and listened to many talented and passionate Relay For Life participants, including Adam Schwartz, who is a Global Relay For Life volunteer and a Lakeshore Division Board of Directors member, as well as American Cancer Society CEO John R. Seffrin, PhD. Their passion and ideas are driving the development of Relay in America.
Having seen the dynamic and exciting American Cancer Society at work inspires me to return home to my own country and our equally amazing organisation, Cancer Council Australia, to continue to fight cancer in partnership with all the organisations in the 20 countries around the world that Relay together.