Relay for Life sees light of day

The Relay for Life is taking place under the sun on May 30, after being held overnight in the past.

Relay for Life sees light of day

The time is new, but the message and the cause for the Relay for Life are still very much the same.

“I don’t think there is any family that hasn’t been touched by cancer,” said Finn Nielsen, events volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society in Penticton.

This year the relay on is taking place May 30 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the running track at Pen High, turning the formerly overnight event into an all-day one.

“It created some issues in terms of people being able to stay,” Nielsen said.

Nielsen started volunteering with the Cancer Society after his wife couldn’t make a meeting and  she suggested he go in her place.

“The president at the time suggested I become a volunteer and I did, and I’m a better person for it,” Nielsen said.

A few years later he is now handling logistics for the event which will feature live entertainment, food and of course, the relay.

“We’re trying to encourage younger participation and when you go all night, it was somewhat problematic,” Nielsen said.

Teams looking to sign up can register online at www.relayforlife.ca, and if past events are any indication, Nielsen said there should be some unique fundraising campaigns.

“There are some really cool teams in terms of their names and how they raise funds. Everything from selling cupcakes and sweets at work to going out and raising funds from family and family friends,” he said.

Teams can register the day of by 10 a.m. and opening ceremonies will be held after. This will be followed by cancer survivors starting  off the relay by walking the running track at Pen High.

“The high school and the administration is very supportive of us in terms of giving us access and just providing a lot of help both from a logistical point of view and general support. So we’re lucky to have it at Pen High and also have the support of the school,” Nielsen said.

Last year’s relay raised approximately $37,000, and while it’s not a small sum of money, the donation numbers are down from previous years.

“There’s a lot of competition for donor dollars in the community and across Canada. The challenge is to have people see the Canadian Cancer Society as a destination for funding into what we hope someday will be the eradication of cancer,” Nielsen said.

One of Nielsen’s favourite causes that receives some of the funding is Camp Goodtimes located in Maple Ridge which offers a camping experiences for children fighting cancer.

“That’s one of the things I’m proudest about is the involvement with Camp Goodtimes.”

Those interested in the event don’t necessarily have to sign up as a team, or even join in the relay. There will be the opportunity on the day of the relay to donate funds.

“If you don’t have an opportunity to either form a team or be a participant on a team, there’s no reason that the public cannot drop in to the Pen High track on the day and enjoy some of the entertainment,” Nielsen said.

Local talent including Matt Duffus, Crazy Hearts, local Scottish pipers, performers from Get Bent Bellydancing, ZZ Top tribute band TR2 and Soul Sisters are going to be on hand providing live entertainment.

Local businesses have chipped in as well including the Bike Barn which has once again donated a top-of-the-line bike to be raffled off to one lucky relay participant. The Barley Mill is providing the food for a survivors lunch, where cancer survivors or those fighting cancer along with their caregivers are invited to take part in a special meal. At 10 p.m. there will be a closing ceremony where a few cancer survivors will share the story of their journey and a tribute will be made as well as a moment of silence for the lives lost to cancer.

“It’s a very moving ceremony, in fact I kind of get goosebumps just talking about it, it’s very, very impressive,” Nielsen said.

“Whether we will make our $35,000 or $45,000 goal this year is hard to say. However, it’s a wonderful event and the volunteers, which are essentially the backdrop, work very hard to make it successful.”

Relay for Life raised $40 million in Canada alone last year, with over 280 participants joining the cause. Those looking to volunteer can call 250-490-9681.

 

Just Posted

Gord Portman getting ready for the Father’s Day dunk tank fundraiser for Discovery House. So far Portman has raised $3,000. (Facebook)
Portman takes plunge for Penticton recovery house that helped save his life

Gord Portman said Discovery House and Pathways have been everything in his 1 year sobriety

(File photo)
Supreme Court Justice rules Bay has to pay Penticton’s Cherry Lane mall

The ruling found that there had been no unavoidable delay preventing the Bay from paying their rent

Summerland cidery Millionaires' Row is hosting a Father's Day car and art show. (Facebook)
Vintage cars, art and cider for Father’s Day

Summerland’s Millionaires’ Row Cider Co. is hosting the car and art show

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

James Miller, the managing editor at the Penticton Herald, has been voted in for Jake Kimberley’s vacated council seat. (Submitted)
James Miller elected as Penticton city councillor

Penticton also voted yes to allowing up to 25 years for a Skaha Marina contract

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed Eli Beauregard facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

Starting in 2022, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District is extending dog control to the entire Electoral Area D. (Stock photo)
Dog control bylaw passes in Shuswap area despite ‘threatening’ emails

CSRD board extending full dog control in Electoral Area D starting next year

Most Read