Students from Investigator College are busily preparing to host 2019's Southern Regions Relay For Life, leading the charge on behalf of all those impacted by cancer across the wider Fleurieu community.
Relay For Life offers a chance for communities to recognise and celebrate those who have overcome cancer or are undergoing treatment, as well as the people who care for them.
Those who have been lost to cancer will be honoured through a candlelight ceremony, before teams will commit to fundraising through a running/walking challenge.
Investigator College Teacher Jodie O'Donnell said taking part in the event for the first time in 2018 left a lasting impression on students.
"We originally got involved in 2018 as part of our Year 9 Rite Journey program, which encourages students to look at the importance of citizenship and consider the needs of others in their community," she said.
"We were looking for something that allowed our Year 9 students to engage in a community event that would help others, and Relay For Life fit the brief perfectly.
"Once we took part in the event last year, we realised how truly special it is. For many of the staff and students here, the cause is a personal one, with a number of people in our school community touched by cancer."
Ms O'Donnell said it offered an opportunity to shine a positive light on cancer through the coming together of the community to help those affected.
Four teams from the school, three of which are student led, will join teams from across the region on October 19.
Held over 19 hours, The Southern Regions Relay For Life is a fun weekend filled with festivities, entertainment and an opportunity to meet new people and get together for a common cause.
Last year, more than 160 participants took part, raising more than $53,000 for Cancer Council SA. The money raised through the event went towards Cancer Council SA's prevention, research, advocacy and support programs.
This year, the committee is aiming to recruit 20 teams and raise $30,000 for Cancer Council SA.
Investigator College Captain Will Taylor organised the school's Senior Leadership Team and said he was looking forward to taking on the Relay challenge to honour those close to him.
"I decided to take a step forward and create a Relay For Life team to show my support for my friends and family," he said.
"At times it's challenging but also very rewarding and has certainly brought me a lot closer with my fellow relayers."
The 2019 Southern Regions Relay For Life will run overnight, beginning on Saturday the 19th and running through until Sunday the 20th October, with the opening ceremony to be held from 2pm.
To find out more and to register a team, visit: relayforlife.org.au and search for 'Southern Regions.'