‘Relay for Life’ to light up Point

The first-annual “Relay for Life” in Fort Frances is set for Friday night at Pither’s Point, with more than 350 participants as well as a number of entertainers and volunteers ready to go.
The 35 teams of 10 have raised about $1,000 each in sponsorship for their 12-hour walk around Pither’s Point to raise money for cancer research and treatment.
At all times during the overnight event, at least one member of each “Relay for Life” team must be walking the path.
“Thunder Bay and Kenora held theirs last weekend and it went really well,” organizer Russ Ling noted. “This whole thing is just for people that have passed away from cancer and people who have survived cancer.”
Remarks from Mayor Glenn Witherspoon, the relay committee, sponsors, and a Canadian Cancer Society spokesperson will be part of the opening ceremonies at 6 p.m., followed by the survivor lap.
Cancer survivors will walk the first lap to the sound of the Fort Frances Highlanders, followed by the send-off for the relay teams.
Throughout the night, other entertainers will be on hand, including Don Hayward and Company, the Fort Frances High School band, Rod Armit and the Lakeside Music Show Company, Gash Point Studios, and Jackie and Gerry Guimond.
At 11 p.m., the relay route will be lit by “luminaries” purchased in memory of other cancer victims and survivors. Luminaries still are being sold at area businesses for $5.
“We’re at about 300 but we still have lots of them to sell,” said Ling.
Teams will finish their walk around 7 a.m., then be treated to a pancake breakfast before heading home for a well-deserved rest.
“We have over 350 participants, as well as volunteers, so over 400 altogether will be down there,” said Ling, who is asking anyone else who can volunteer to contact him at Tagg’s Source for Sports on Scott Street.
“We still need some volunteers so call if you can help out,” he said.
The “Relay for Life” raises millions of dollars for cancer with events across the province during May and June.
Some local teams already have been doing their own fundraising, including the Royal Bank, which raised more than $700 with bakes sales and garage sales last week.
“We’ve had a lot of excellent support from the community,” said Ling.