Westisle Relay brings in over $41,000

Eric McCarthy
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ELMSDALE -- As the hours ticked down to the start of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Westisle Relay for Life on Friday the clouds opened, the rain poured down and the wind blew hard.

Organizers delayed setting out the luminaries – those bags weighed down with sand and with candles inside and the names of cancer survivors or cancer victims printed on the outside – as long as they could so that the luminaries wouldn’t get soaked.

And then the rain stopped, the teams arrived and some 700 luminaries were set out.

This year’s crowd was smaller than normal, but the enthusiasm, and the spirit that working together they can beat the dreaded disease known in all its forms as cancer, was as keen as ever.

Close to 80 cancer survivors attended a survivors reception before being paraded out onto the Westisle school track for a victory lap, cheered on by the colourful 18 relay teams, numbering close to 200 participants, who were in attendance.

Weather conditions which were cool and overcast as the event got underway, improved as the night went on and, by morning, over $41,000 was raised for the cause.

Gail MacDonald, coordinator for all the relays on P.E.I. praised the members of the Westisle committee for their enthusiasm and hard work.

Organizations: Westisle school, Westisle committee

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