ELMSDALE -- The Westisle Composite High School’s Relay for Life organizing committee will launch its 2014 campaign on Wednesday, February 26. The launch event will be held in the school lobby and cafeteria at 7 p.m. and event chair Jordan MacDonald is inviting all returning and prospective relay participants, including survivors, volunteers and sponsors to attend.
Relay For Life is the Canadian Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event. It occurs in communities across the Island and is much more than just an event. It is truly a unique experience that offers everyone in the community an opportunity to join together to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer. Teams are usually made up of 10 to 15 participants who register for a 12-hour non-competitive event. Participants camp out and take turns walking, jogging or strolling around a track. Each participant is asked to raise at least $100 and each team must have at least one representative on the track at all times.
There are many ways people can get involved, MacDonald points out. Team captains are needed to recruit and motivate team members, sponsors can help off-set the cost of staging special fundraiser and entertainers are needed during the relay. Individuals can also purchase and decorate luminaries to be placed around the track. Survivors are encouraged to attend a reception prior to the relay and to participate in the survivors lap around the track to kick off the annual event.
The Westisle Relay for Life event will be held from 6 p.m. Friday, June 20 until 6 a.m. Saturday, June 21.