On April 18th, from 5 PM to 5 AM, the Barony of Delftwood walked in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Twenty members of the Barony wore the clothes of their persona as they walked to raise money for cancer research. They did this to honor Lord Jarrah ibn Zakariya al-Hamandani, who passed away January 27th, as well as survivors, those still fighting, those who have passed, and caregivers. “Jarrah had a huge impact on the barony in the two short years he played in the SCA. He left a hole in this barony and our hearts. The Relay has been a healing experience for all of us,” said Mistress Othindisa Bykona.
Delftwood collected over $3,844 before the event. An additional $55 was raised at the Relay as Baron Benedict Fergus atte Mede gave fencing lessons, Lord Justin Lymner sold soaps, and Lady Genevieve de Chaumont sold peacock feathers as a tribute to Jarrah’s favorite bird. Other members of the Barony pitched in by helping with set-up and tear down or bringing refreshments for the group.
Other highlights included Lady Lijsbet de Keukere “walking” with a broken ankle, THL Ruslan Igotavich Voronov’s weapons display, and Delftwood being one of the last of two teams on the track. When asked what her favorite part of the night was, “The music,” said one of the barony’s youngest members and the youngest Relay participant, Vita Cincinnatus.
Delftwood would like to thank all those who gave donations to this important cause. Donations came from across the kingdom, including from Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle. It is inspirational that so many people outside the barony supported Delftwood. “We are so touched by the outpouring of support, both moral and financial, from all across the kingdom,” said Baroness Helene al-Zarqa. Delftwood finished in third place out of ninety-five teams.