PARRSBORO - Winter has not left us yet, but busy teams participating in this year's Relay for Life are already thinking about June.
Preparations for the annual Canadian Cancer Society fundraiser are picking up steam, according to Frank Hartman, chairman of the event for the second straight year.
"I am very pleased with how plans are coming together this year," he said. "Our leadership team is working very hard at recruiting and working with teams and team captains."
A Team Captain Appreciation Night was held recently to recognize past and current team captains for their commitment to the cause, according to Hartman, who said six teams are now registered, while eight or more have registration kits.
The goal for the committee is to have 14-18 teams registered this year. To encourage registration, a $300 gas card was recently raffled and won by the Parrsboro Leo Club's team, Roar for the Cure. Chances on a hooked rug donated by Marion Merriam are also being sold.
Meanwhile, the event's honourary chairman from last year's event has also agreed to come back for another year
"We are thrilled to have Stephen O'Regan as our honourary chairman again this year," said Hartman.
"He was such an inspiration for the survivors and Relay for Life teams."
Upcoming events for the local teams include a dance on March 10 at the Parrsboro Fire Hall hosted by Shar Stars, from 8 p.m. to midnight, with entertainment by Paul Randy Mingo; Cougars for the Cure will be holding a maple supper at the Southampton Community Centre on March 17 from noon to 5 p.m.; and the leadership team Cancer Busters is selling Vesey bulbs.
Hartman is holding an annual gospel music concert at Trinity United Church on April 15 with proceeds split between the church and relay.