With 35 team captains and about 350 participants out collecting pledges, the first-annual “Relay for Life” here is quickly gathering momentum.
The local event likely will follow in the footsteps of several “Relay for Life” events in southeastern Ontario, which collectively raised about $1.6 million for cancer research.
The local team captains met Monday night to prepare for the all-night event June 22 at Pither’s Point.
“It was unbelievable. We had 23 of the team captains there and everyone was hyped up,” noted event chair Russ Ling.
“Pledging is going very well,” he added.
The relay will begin with a “survivors’ walk,” where cancer survivors are invited to walk the opening lap around the Pither’s Point track. Then relay participants will walk the track for 12-straight hours overnight.
Sponsored by the local Legion Ladies Auxiliary, the Fort Frances Kiwanis Club, and M&M Meats, the “Relay for Life” here will feature bands playing all types of music throughout the night.
Now that the pledge drive is well underway, organizers are looking for volunteers to help set-up, run, and dismantle the event.
“We’re looking more for volunteers. Lots. I couldn’t even guess how many we need,” noted Ling.
“Luminaries” also are being sold, which will light the “Relay for Life” route. These can be bought in memory of a cancer victim for $5 at Pharmasave, Celeste’s, Northern Lights Credit Union, and Acklands-Grainger Inc. in Fort Frances, Tompkins Hardware in Emo, and Gillons’ Insurance in Rainy River.
“We’re selling 500 in memory, or even if you just want to donate in a different way,” said Ling.