Two weeks to go to cancer fundraiser

Darrell Cole
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New time for Relay for Life

Volunteers are busy working on the 11th Relay for Life fundraiser at the Robb Centennial Park on June 7.

Relay for Life committee member Terri LeFurgey Lewis (left) and chairwoman Shelia Christie hold up a sign for the annual cancer fundraiser on June 7 at Robb Centennial Park from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.

AMHERST – Organizers are thrilled with how preparations are going for this year’s Relay for Life.

The 11th edition of the popular cancer fundraiser is set for June 7 at the Robb Centennial Complex running from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.

“There are still a few odds and ends to be cleared up, but everything is coming together nicely,” Relay for Life committee chairwoman Sheila Christie said. “We have an excellent committee and the community has been so supportive over the years. We’re expecting no different this year.”

This will be the first year with a new schedule. Instead of running overnight, the relay will run for 12 hours beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday and continuing until 1 a.m. Sunday. Christie said relay organizers reached out to teams after last year’s 10th anniversary event to get their opinions on switching times to make it more conducive to families, and so far it has been a success.

“The time change has been a positive for us and that we’re seeing more interest,” Christie said. “As of right now we have 25 teams registered with at least another four or five teams in the process of registering.”

The committee is still seeking volunteers for the relay and it has begun selling the luminaries that will line the relay route and be lit during an emotional ceremony at dusk on relay night.

Luminaries are available from the North Nova Hearing Centre, Dr. Minocha and Dr. McKinney Dental Office, from Lori Cousins at the Elmwood Beauty Salon and will be on sale at the community fair at the Amherst Stadium on Saturday at the Amherst Stadium.

As teams prepare for the relay and look for decorating ideas, Christie said the theme of this year’s relay will the Colours of Cancer.

“We are urging each of the teams to decorate their sites with the colour of cancer and we’ll be giving coloured ribbons to our survivors for the survivor’s walk while they will also be for sale on the night of the relay.

Tim Horton’s/Wendys is sponsoring the children’s tent while young cancer fundraiser Jacob Melanson will be making and selling cancer wristbands with the proceeds going to Relay for Life.

NSCC and YMCA volunteers will be leading a number of other activies including a scavenger hunt, sun hat decorating, healthy snacks, parachute games and a fish pond.

Musical entertainment will feature Steve Wells, Dave and Jennifer Siddall, Katherine Hatheway and Paul Lohnes, Lenny Crash and the Restorians and Michelle LeBlanc.

When the relay begins only teams will be allowed on the site from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

The survivor dinner is at 4 p.m., opening ceremonies are at 6 p.m. and the luminary ceremony will at dusk (approximately 9 p.m.).

Twitter: @ADNdarrell


Organizations: Life committee, North Nova Hearing Centre, McKinney Dental Office Wendys YMCA

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium

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