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Relay For Life in Dufferin at Fairgrounds on June 18

June 2, 2016   ·   0 Comments

Relay For Life in Dufferin will once again raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society, at the Orangeville Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 18.

This annual event will run this year from 12 noon until 12 midnight.

People can register as a team or an individual participant at Relayforlife.ca. Registration fee is $15, with a commitment of raising $150. Donations are made through the website. Purchased luminaries for $5 online will be lit at 10:00 p.m.

The event kicks off with a survivor victory lap, celebrating survivors doing the first lap. There will be food, entertainment and activities for children.

Karen Beaulieu, the fundraising specialist and member of the Canadian Cancer Society, says communities bond when they come together, fundraise and see the impact Relay has.

“You’ll never experience anything quite like it. It’s extremely emotional, particularly during the luminary ceremony.

Everybody’s there for the same purpose. It’s really hard to find somebody that isn’t affected by cancer in some way, shape or form.”

Ms. Beaulieu says there will always be one person from the team walking the track, but to not make it a race.

Instead, one can set a goal by walking a certain number of kilometers or laps, but there will be batons for each team to pass to their members.

The first Relay For Life event in Canada was held in 1999 and raised $85,000.

In total, Relay For Life has raised nearly $500-million for Canadian Cancer Society.

Since 1947, Canadian Cancer Society has funded over $1.4 billion in cancer research. 3 per cent of children and 3 per cent of adults now survivor at least five years after their cancer diagnosis, thanks to the efforts made by the Society and those who volunteer to “Ensure no one has to face cancer alone” and its continued efforts to “Stop cancer before it starts.”

Written by Jasen Obermeyer


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