Rejuvenated Summmerside Relay for Life still looking for teams

Colin MacLean
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SUMMERSIDE – A renewed Summerside Relay for Life is rapidly approaching, but organizers say there’s still time to get a team in.

Reverend Arthur Davies is a busy man, not the least of his duties includes helping to organize the Summerside Relay for Life. Colin MacLean/Journal Pioneer

 

The relay, which raises money for the Canadian Cancer Society and its various program, will be back in Summerside this year after a one-year hiatus and will be on May 30.

This year’s relay will also move back to the oval at the Summerside Raceway and will again be held outdoors.

Reverend Arthur Davies, of Trinity United Church, took over as chair of the local organizing committee this year, and he said Wednesday that his team has received a lot of positive feedback since the relay’s return was announced.

More than 20 teams have signed up, to date, said Davies, but there is room for plenty more.

It’s a far cry from last year when only a handful of teams registered, prompting local organizers to merge their event with Kensington’s.

“I was a little disappointed in the community,” said Davies, recalling back to that announcement.

“Because the community is better than that. We are a very caring and sharing community, we just seem to have lost it a bit last year. Preoccupied with other things maybe,” he said.

Fortunately though, that’s no longer the case, he added.

The community has really thrown its support behind this year’s event, he said, with more teams and sponsors coming forward than expected.

Davies said there’s no deadline for registering a team, however, the sooner the better, so participants can have some time to raise pledges.

Anyone who would like to register a team for the local Relay for Life may do so online, at www.convio.cancer.ca or by calling Davies at 439-3077.

Colin.maclean@journalpioneer.com

@JournalPMacLean

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