Amherst honoured by Cancer Society

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For support of Relay for Life

Amherst Mayor Robert Small accepted a Special Recognition Award from the Canadian Cancer Society’s district co-ordintor Sharon Bristol in honour of the town’s support for the Relay for Life.

Sharon Bristol of the Canadian Cancer Society presents a Special Recognition Award to Amherst Mayor Robert Small for the town’s support of Relay for Life.

AMHERST – Amherst has been recognized for its support of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Amherst Mayor Robert Small accepted a Special Recognition Award from the society’s district co-ordintor Sharon Bristol in honour of the town’s support for the annual fundraising event for cancer research and support programs.

“We are so fortunate to have the support we have from the Town of Amherst, its people, the council and the staff,” Bristol said. “Staff work so hard on our behalf each year and we wanted to do something to say thanks.”

Bristol said she nominated the town for the award last fall. Only two of the awards are presented each year in Nova Scotia and she said Amherst is so deserving of the recognition.

She said staff, including those at town hall, the Robb Centennial Complex, Public Works, the police and fire departments and Community and Economic Development have played a key role in the success of the Relay for Life over its first 10 years.

“Everyone comes together for us each and every year and they’re a big reason why we have been so successful at doing what we do and raising the money that we’ve raised,” Bristol said.

Small credited Bristol and the Relay for Life organizing committee for its work in preparing for the relay and for bringing hundreds of people together each June to raise money for the fight against cancer.

“It you guys who should be accepting this award,” the mayor said. “I attended last year’s event and was so impressed by what I saw. It was so emotional and believe it’s a big part of the healing process for those who are fighting cancer, those who have fought cancer and for their family and friends. Cancer touches us all in so many ways and you can see it by going to events like this.”

Last year’s relay raised $169,000, bringing the fundraising total locally to more than $1.3 million. Bristol said that money goes into research at both the national and regional level as well as programs like the Lodge that Gives in Halifax. The lodge offers shelter and three meals a day to cancer patients from across the region undergoing treatment in Halifax.

“This is all available at no cost beause of the money that’s raised through events like Relay for Life,” Bristol said.

This year’s relay, the 11th, will be held at the Robb Centennial Complex on Saturday, June 7. A change this year will see the relay begin at 1 p.m. and continue until 1 a.m. on Sunday, June 8.

For more information on how to be part of the Relay for Life, contact Terry LeFurgey Lewis at 667-1710 at North Nova Hearing Centre or go to cancer.ca .

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Organizations: Canadian Cancer Society, Public Works, North Nova Hearing Centre

Geographic location: Amherst, Nova Scotia, Halifax

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