The Relais pour la vie 2015 (10th edition), event which supports people suffering from cancer and their families, attracted a lot of people this year: such a conscious and well-attended event proved once more how concrete actions such as the Relais are fundamental to widespread solidarity and helping the patients not to feel alone at a difficult moment in their life.
Our group of enterprising and resourceful trainees gave their contribution to such a significant event in the city of Luxemburg by taking part in the relay itself. This serves to benefit everyone: both the people who need support and the trainees themselves who are rewarded through personal growth.
The Relais pour la vie 2015 involved roughly 400 teams with runners taking turns on the track from 8pm on Saturday, 28th March, till 8pm on Sunday, 29th March: 24 hrs in which thousands of people, both sportsmen and spectators, created in d’Coque a special and charming atmosphere for the weekend, attracting the international Luxembourgish community.
As mentioned above, some of us demonstrated their stamina for such a good cause by running or walking around the track for an hour each. We made part of the team DG Sante, organised by Ms. Isabell Ladiges: as it is also involved in promoting a healthy and active lifestyle throughout the Member States, the Relais was a more than valid reason to support DG Sante policy.
As far as the “running trainees” are concerned, and since many of us are part of the Charity SC, we felt the need to give a sign of our involvement; so, in order of appearance, the first trainee to get the race started was Barbara (DG Sante) with Elisa (DG Sante) to assist her as a reserve.
Barbara’s performance was immediately followed by the Czech couple formed by Radka (DGT) and Petra (DGT): as you can see, we do not train only our brains but also our legs!
Finally, our participation in the race was completed by Bernadett (DGT) and me, Fabio (DGT). As far as I am concerned, I must say that the feeling when I saw all these people running was a great one: I felt as if I was using my energy in a positive way, for a cause which is really worth it and can help many people to smile again. Even though I did not train that much to get ready for this event, once on the track I found energy that I did not think I had: the enjoyable music and the adrenaline helped me a lot!
For our Charity SC it was a great warm-up to motivate ourselves and to set up our next activities: a good omen to keep on working and giving the best of ourselves!
Finally, we would like to thank Ms. Isabell for her effort and contribution to the creation of the team and for inviting us to share this experience, especially from a humane point of view.