Wasson going solo for this years relay

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Four local teams raising funds for annual cancer sociey fundraiser coming up June 8

PARRSBORO Norma Wasson will not be placing a team in this years Relay for Life, but she is not giving up her fundraising for the cancer society event.

Illness during the past several months has prevented her from doing much of the legwork she would normally have done for the upcoming relay, which will take place in Amherst on June 8. So she has decided to continue to raise money for the event this year, but not to take on the responsibility of putting a team together.

Wasson going solo for this years relay

PARRSBORO Norma Wasson will not be placing a team in this years Relay for Life, but she is not giving up her fundraising for the cancer society event.

Illness during the past several months has prevented her from doing much of the legwork she would normally have done for the upcoming relay, which will take place in Amherst on June 8. So she has decided to continue to raise money for the event this year, but not to take on the responsibility of putting a team together.

Im going it alone this year, said Wasson. But next year Ill be back at it right off the bat, and plan to have a local luminary ceremony again.

Last spring, Wasson co-ordinated a luminary lighting ceremony in Parrsboro to offer local supporters the chance to see what their donations have made possible, and to get a taste of what the experience of the relay is like.

For next year she hopes to move the event outside, centred at the town bandstand. In fact, she already has some of the entertainment lined up.

You have no idea how many people have been asking me if were going to have the luminary ceremony here again, she said. People thoroughly enjoyed it.

But for this year she is just collecting donations and selling luminaries, which can be purchased in memory of a cancer victim or in honour of a cancer survivor. She will be doing this at the Crossroads Co-Op on May 12 and 29.

Although Wasson is not putting a team together this year, several others are. Local teams are preparing for the event, including a Parrsboro Metal Fabricators team led by January Brown, a combined Wrights Pharmasave/South Cumberland Community Care Centre team led by Vicki Lewis-Clarke, a Parrsboro Regional High School team led by student Rebecca MacAloney and another school team led by teacher Charlene Smith.

Its a really fun thing and it brings in a lot of money, said Rebecca, whose team is planning a softball tournament for the long weekend in May to raise funds for both Relay for Life and the schools safe grad program.

This years PMF team is called Pirates of the CUREibbean and has been running a chocolate bar campaign for months now. A ticket raffle was also held on am oak table donated by Ron McCarthy, and tickets are now being sold on a mig welder donated by Millennium Welding. More raffles are planned before June.

They are also raising money through the cans and bottles placed in refundable bins around the plant, and are expecting another donation from the company, which has given them a great boost in previous years, according to Brown.

As for Wasson, while she may not have a team at this years relay, she will be there herself, participating in the survivors lap and meeting with the many people she has befriended over the last four years.

She admits that she will miss some aspects of having a team together though.

For example, shell miss putting a float in the annual Old Homeweek parade, but she wont miss doing all the work to decorate the float and the costumes.

Ill miss it because we won a prize in the Old Homeweek parade every year, she said. We wont even have a float this year, but next year Ill make up for it.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Crossroads Co-Op, Wrights Pharmasave/South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Parrsboro Regional High School

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, Amherst

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