Relay for Life hosts registration, kickoff


NEW GLASGOW – Relay for Life is once again revving up for spring.

The annual event to raise funds and awareness with regard to cancer research hosted its annual registration and kickoff on March 23 at Summer Street Industries.

The launch spurs momentum for the actual relay that this year is scheduled from 3 to 11 p.m. on June 8 at the North Nova Education Centre.

It was a chance for kiddies to enter a contest to burst balloons and see prizes that were indicated inside them.

Organizers also took the opportunity to introduce this year’s community champion, retired local police officer Kevin Scott.

“One of the members asked if I would be interested after my name was put forward,” Scott said. “It’s an honour but it’s very humbling.”

“A community champion is a champion for the relay and championing the importance of the relay,” organizer Janine Linthorne said.

While registering, those taking part were given information on how individuals and teams can raise funds leading up to the relay.

One of the ideas is a balloon raffle like one that took place during registration. Prizes are offered while charging a set price for a chance to burst balloons which contains papers describing the prizes. The papers are rolled up in the balloons before they are inflated.

Other options include a washer toss whereby the winner receives half of the entry fees collected, or a paint night inviting people of all ages to paint pictures.

A wine elimination in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission and a Cavendish Beach Music Festival prize package are also being offered.

Relay for Life volunteer Allyson Wheadon watches as Layla Munroe bursts a balloon for a prize.

(Goodwin photo)