Second “Relay for Life” on the way

Stettler is preparing to host its second “Relay for Life” on Friday, June 18 with a view to, at least, repeating the success of the first year and the journey starts on Tuesday, March 30 with the media launch at Parish Hall at 12 p.m.

Stettler is preparing to host its second “Relay for Life” on Friday, June 18 with a view to, at least, repeating the success of the first year and the journey starts on Tuesday, March 30 with the media launch at Parish Hall at 12 p.m.

When the first Relay for Life raised close to $180,000 in its first run in Stettler last year, the town was firmly placed on the map of the Canadian Cancer Society for its achievement in mobilizing support for the cause of fighting cancer.

Brenda Esquirol, one of the co-chairs of the organizing committee for this year’s Relay for Life, says they want to be able to raise at least as much money as they did last year with the participation of at least a similar number of teams and survivors.

In last year’s event, 47 teams took part in the overnight run and 48 survivors joined the survivor’s walk on the track around the football field at the Wm. E Hay High School.

Information on plans and preparations for this year’s Relay for Life will be laid out to all interested participants at the March 30 media launch for the event.

Those willing to support the cause can contribute by becoming a volunteer, donating a prize, being a corporate sponsor and by buying or selling luminaries.

Luminaries can be purchased online, at Scotiabank office, at the Stettler Trade Show and at Walmart in April and at Sobey’s in May.

Although teams that will register for the run are required to consist of minimum eight members, Esquirol said, those teams who would like to register early could do so by securing at least six names until April 15. Teams that register early will be entitled to take part in the draw for pizzas for the night of the event.

Registrations can be made online by visiting the website www.cancer.ca/relay.

Relay for Life events are organized as an overnight walk to remind the communities that “cancer does not sleep.”

For more information, phone Esquirol at 403-742-3407.