Relay For Life (RFL), a 24-hour walkathon that says it is the world’s largest cancer fundraising event, is taking place in the UAE for the first time on November 17 and 18. Sharjah-based charity Friends of Cancer Patients are organising the event at the American University of Sharjah and they’re on the hunt for volunteers.

RLF is the American Cancer Society’s global initiative – around 5,000 races happen annually in over twenty countries, so you can image the behind-the-scenes work that goes into an event of that magnitude. The overnight race will need volunteers to help set up Luminaria lanterns once night falls and sell T-shirts to raise funds for cancer survivors and their caretakers amongst other things.

Volunteer registrations are open at; the race starts at 4pm on November 17 and ends at 4pm on November 18.

You can also participate and go that extra mile to spread awareness about the disease that kills 8.2 million people every year. People of all ages can sign up online; registration costs Dh100 per adult and Dh60 for children under 14 years.

Want to give a helping hand to other important causes? The Special Mena Olympics and these UAE-based non-profit organisations would love to hear from you.