Relay for Life in Stettler invites teams

Relay for Life to help fight cancer in support of the Canadian Cancer Society returns to Stettler next June 18 for its second year.

Relay for Life to help fight cancer in support of the Canadian Cancer Society returns to Stettler next June 18 for its second year.

“Our goal is to raise $183,000 and have 48 teams,” said Brenda Esquirol, who chairs the committee that held its inaugural organizational meeting Nov. 30.

“We also hope to get 50 cancer survivors for our survivors’ banquet and victory lap.”

Last year, $175,000 was raised with 49 teams and 502 participants – from toddlers to people in their 90s – in the event at the track at William E. Hay Composite High School.

“That was $50,000 more than our goal,” said Esquirol who chairs the committee of 13 people.

The event’s website is currently accessible and participants and teams can register now for the relay at www.cancer.ca/relay.

Relay for Life is a 12-hour overnight non-competitive event that involves teams of 10 people who take turns walking or running around the track.

While 48 people walked in the Survivors’ Lap to open the event this year, 976 luminaries were lit during an emotional ceremony at dusk to pay tribute to loved ones lost and motivates and encourages participants all night long.

“Stettler has the distinction of having the most teams for a first-year event,” said Doug Baker, director of fundraising for the cancer society for Alberta and Northwest Territories as he spoke during the opening ceremonies.

“Stettler was chosen last year as a community to expand our signature fundraising event as residents have been very supportive of the event in Red Deer for the last few years and we thought it was time Stettler had an event of its own,” said Errin Young, coordinator of revenue development for the Relay for Lfe.

For more information, or to participate or volunteer for the event, phone Esquirol at 403-742-3407.