Friday, August 29, 2014

‘Relayers’ urged to help sandbag

This year’s “Relay for Life” might look a little bit different tonight as teams will be encouraged to help with the sandbagging efforts here in town.
“It’s going to be business as usual for opening ceremonies and activities leading up to the luminary ceremony,” committee co-chair Jennifer Anderson said this morning.

“Then after the luminary ceremony, we are encouraging any teams, instead of walking [around the track], if they want to go help sandbag.”
Anderson said she’s hoping teams will help to sandbag around La Verendrye Hospital.
“So we’re going to be ‘Relaying’ a little differently this year,” she noted.
“Relay For Life” is an inspirational, non-competitive, 12-hour overnight fundraiser that brings people and their communities together to celebrate life and to fight cancer.
The event features a festival-like atmosphere that family, friends, and co-workers can enjoy regardless of their age or fitness level.
It involves teams of 10 people who typically take turns walking, running, or strolling around a track.
Teams consist of people representing corporations, communities, families, and friends.
But the public can take part, too, by supporting the teams with their fundraising efforts and participating in the activities.
“There’s going to be lots of things for people to see and do before the ceremony starts, as well as afterwards,” Anderson stressed.
“We have a talent show going on tonight, and we would love to see some people come out and do their talent,” she noted.
“If they want to whistle, hula hoop, sing, play an instrument, we’ve got several people lined up but there is room for more.”
Anderson also said teams have got all sorts of fundraisers and activities going on, including craft sales, bracelet sales, a balloon toss, food booths, penny tables, and prizes.
“There is tons of stuff going on,” she enthused.
And despite the threat of possible thunderstorms tonight, Anderson said they’re still planning to hold the event outdoors.
“We always have the option of moving indoors so we have that back-up plan,” she noted.
“But right now we are totally looking to ‘Relay’ outside.”
The opening ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.
Then local cancer survivors will do a lap around the track to open the event, which follows the “Survivors’ Dinner” in the high school cafeteria.
The talent show takes place at 7:30 p.m., with the luminary ceremony slated for 10 p.m.
For more information, call Anderson at 276-4594.

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