‘Relay for Life’ plans gearing up

Be sure to mark June 22 on your calendars as the Fort Frances “Relay for Life” begins to gather momentum for this event to be held overnight at Pither’s Point.
The Canadian Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” is an overnight, non-competitive relay that celebrates cancer survivors and pays tribute to loved ones.
It is a night of fun, friendship, and fundraising to beat cancer.
The “Relay” involves teams of 10 people who take turns walking, running, or strolling around a track. Teams consist of people representing corporations, communities, families, and friends.
The “Relay for Life” is a signature event of the Canadian Cancer Society, taking place all across Canada during the month of June.
The local steering committee is planning for 400-500 people to be involved in the Fort Frances event, with cold beverages, snacks, and activities being planned.
Linda Angus of Emo once again was the first to register her team and already has begun to raise funds.
Team captains can register their teams, and receive their team packages, at the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s Home & Leisure Show on April 27-28 at the Memorial Sports Centre or by calling Charlene Strain at 274-4280.
Corporate sponsorships also are needed to offset the cost of the huge tent being raised to shelter the participants in the event of inclement weather.
As well, anyone wishing to pledge online, or by cash or cheque, may do so at the “Relay” booth at the home show.
The Canadian Cancer Society has developed a link on its website at www.cancer.ca to make pledging and registration easier.
Luminaries also will be available for sale at the home show. Luminaries, which honour the names of loved ones who have fought the battle with cancer, will light the track during the evening.
Volunteers are still needed, as well. Those interested can sign up at the “Relay for Life” booth or by calling Nadine Johnson at 274-6252.
The steering committee meets regularly at La Place Rendez-Vous, with its next meeting planned for Tuesday, April 24 at 7 p.m.