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'Relay for Life' changing venue


“Relay for Life” here is shaping up to look a little different this year.

Event organizer Monica Sus said they are changing the venue after battling with Mother Nature in years past.

“Relay for Life" will take place indoors at the Fort Frances Curling Club on Saturday, June 24 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (this also is a change as the "Relay” used to run 11 a.m.-11 p.m.)

“Lots of people wanted the event to take place at the arena,” noted Sus.

“But the curling club gives us the option of a more outdoor experience in case we get lucky with the weather,” she reasoned.

Sus said last year was a nightmare, with their tent and other equipment set up at the Sorting Gap Marina being blown down in the middle of the night due to a storm.

The weather caused them to move from the riverfront venue to the arena.

But they're hoping to avoid the bad weather this year and have lots of fun regardless if it's rain or shine.

Dubbed an inspirational, non-competitive fundraiser, “Relay for Life” brings people and their communities together to celebrate life and fight cancer.

It involves teams of 10 people who take turns running or walking around a track.

This year's theme is “Birthday Party” in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary, with Sus noting it's a fairly versatile theme as birthday parties can be celebrated in a multitude of ways.

Participants are encouraged to dress in whatever attire they choose, but to do so festively.

The event once again will be held in partnership with Riverside Health Care here as in years past, which Sus said is something people really wanted.

Part of the money raised goes to the hospital, with usually a good chunk of that earmarked for the local chemotherapy treatment.

In previous years, “Relay for Life” has raised up to $80,000. But Sus will be content if it raises $40,000 this year.

Sus is hoping to have 10 teams register in order to hit the $40,000 goal. Each team will consist of up to about 10 people.

On the down side, Sus has lost many of her volunteers over the years, which has caused her to do most of work on her own.

She said Causeway Insurance has been a great help, acting as a pick-up point for people seeking information.

Sus stressed “Relay for Life” always is open to new teams and that anyone looking to register can contact her at 274-7043.

Sus also said if you don't have your own team, she can find a spot for you on an existing one.

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