With the 18th-annual “Relay for Life” in Fort Frances now less three months away, preparations are well underway.
The event will take place on Saturday, June 22 from 2-11 p.m. at Point Park.
Organizing committee chair Anneda Chabot noted “Relay” has evolved over the years, going from a 12-hour event to a more condensed version that now takes place.
This year’s “Relay for Life” theme is “Colours of Hope.”
“This is a theme we have not yet done here and we are very excited to see the kaleidoscope of colours,” said Chabot.
For those who haven’t heard of “Relay for Life,” it is more than a fundraiser–it’s a global movement against cancer, taking place in 20 countries worldwide and more than 500 communities across Canada, Chabot said.
The inspirational, non-competitive event is meant to bring the community together to celebrate life and fight cancer, she added, mentioning “Relay for Life” will have a festival-like atmosphere that families, friends, and co-workers can enjoy regardless of their age or fitness level.
This year’s event here will feature automobile displays by the International Early Iron Car Club, various vendor booths, and Sunset Water Sports.
“We are going to be offering activities on the lake–tubing and tours–for spectators and participants,” noted Shawna McRitchie, who co-owns and operates Sunset Water Sports with Marjan Fraczkiewicz.
“We are hoping to have our wheelchair-accessible pontoon boat running to that we can get individuals of any mobility level out for a tour of the lake,” she added.
“‘Relay’ is very close to our hearts and I will be walking and participating with our team on land, and Marjan will be helping people enjoy the day on the lake,” noted McRitchie.
For more information on “Relay for Life” or to register a team or survivor, contact Chabot at 276-0698.
Luminaries also currently are available at Pharmasave, Ski’s Variety, Einar’s, Jay’s Auto, and C.C. Complex.