Tampa Bay Volunteer Ministers of the Church of Scientology Join Relay for Life in Clearwater
On May 4th - 5th, the Volunteer Ministers of the Church of Scientology joined more than 500 participants in the Clearwater Relay for Life at Coachman Park. With cancer the leading cause of death worldwide, the Volunteer Ministers relayed this year to show that "Something can be done about it."
- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (1888PressRelease) May 15, 2012 - Clearwater's Annual Relay for Life was held under bright skies on May 4th and 5th at Clearwater's Coachman Park. Participating teams included Clearwater High School, Target, Macy's, Starbucks, the City of Clearwater and the Volunteer Ministers of the Church of Scientology.
This all-night fundraiser generated more than $100,000 for the American Cancer Society through pre-event and on-site fundraisers - including bake sales, car washes and bowling tournaments before the event and selling snacks, massages, chance drawings, dinner and - from the Volunteer Ministers - fresh-squeezed juice and authentic Italian pasta.
Captaining the team for the Volunteer Ministers was Judy Fagerman, the Director of the Volunteer Ministers chapter for the Tampa Bay area. Fagerman is also a staff member of the Church of Scientology of Tampa.
"We really enjoyed participating in Relay - I was impressed first by the amazing turn out of support when the event started at 4pm Friday," said Fagerman. "There must have been at least 500 people there."
"Then as the night wore on, seeing these people continuing to walk the track, representing their team, helping to raise awareness, helping to raise funds, helping to support those who have survived Cancer - it was truly an amazing feeling."
The Volunteer Ministers participated in the activities throughout the night - hula hoop contests, theme laps and games designed to keep all of the teams in Coachman Park up and Relaying.
"It was a great experience and we had a wonderful turn out of Volunteer Ministers. About 42 participated in one way or another throughout the night," said Fagerman.
Over the last 30 years, the Volunteer Ministers, have provided relief at more than 128 worst-case scenario disaster sites, including Ground 0, Hurricane Katrina, the South East Asian Tsunami and last year's massive earthquake in Haiti.
They are internationally known for their organizational ability and work in tandem with other relief groups such as the Red Cross. They are also expert in the use of 'assists', which were developed by L. Ron Hubbard to help individuals spiritually following illness or injury.
"The Volunteer Ministers have worked with many Cancer patients, their loved ones and care givers. The assists that we do which are relief techniques that help not only relieve stress but pain and physical discomfort. We love to help bring relief to others and to teach these techniques so that people can bring more relief to those they love and care about," said Fagerman.
All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society, a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. To find out more about how you can help, please go to www.cancer.org.
To find out more about assists and the Volunteer Ministers, please go to www.volunteerministers.org.