Luminaries on sale for Relay for Life

With the Relay for Life set to return in Stettler on June 15, luminaries are now on sale to help raise funds to fight cancer.

  • May. 23, 2012 7:00 p.m.

With the Relay for Life set to return in Stettler on June 15, luminaries are now on sale to help raise funds to fight cancer.

“These luminaries are just a small way to honour or pay tribute to those of you, your friends or your family that have been touched by cancer in some way,” said C.J. Oprea and Wendy Staal, co-chairs of the luminary campaign.

“We are going to light up the night once again, so we are asking people to purchase a luminary.”

Event organizers are striving to raise $160,000 for the fourth annual Stettler event, which is set for the William E. Hay Composite High School track from 7 p.m. Friday, June 15 to 7 a.m. Saturday, June 16.

In memory of a loved one, people can buy luminaries that will be set up throughout the day and evening and glow in a special ceremony at about 9:30 p.m.

“Last year, we had about 800 luminaries, and this year, our goal is to have 900,” said Andrea DeYoung, who co-chairs the relay event.

“These luminaries are there in tribute of those battling with, suffering with, or have succumbed to cancer.”

Oprea and Staal said participants look to the luminaries “for inspiration at 3:35 a m when their feet are hurting and they are tired.

“Luminaries line the track as a reminder that those touched by cancer have endured a lot more than this.”

In Stettler, luminaries are available at Wells Furniture, Jim’s Video, Stettler Recreation Centre, Performance Physiotherapy and Acupuncture Clinic, WISH Kitchen and Gift store, Royal Bank, Scotiabank and Johnson & Connor Insurance, or they can also be purchased online at cancer.ca/relay.

As organizers prepare a slide presentation for a remembrance ceremony, they invite people to submit photos of those who lost their lives to cancer.

For more information, phone Oprea at 403-742-5411 or Staal at 403-742-6897.

For details on the Relay for Life, to register a team or volunteer, phone DeYoung at 403-741-6795.