Pictou County’s Relay for Life event is ready to kick off in a big way this year with a venue change.
After rain and high winds prompted the event at Glasgow Square to end early last year, committee members have found a spot with an indoor relocation as an option because of weather.
North Nova Education Centre will play host to the event on June 8 this year at the soccer field located at the side of the school.
“A lot of people don’t realize that we’ve changed venues,” said Shannon MacLean, logistics chair for the local relay. “If the weather is nice we will be outdoors.”
Spots for teams wanting to take part in the event are still open with a couple of weeks still left to fundraise. Registration for the event can be found online at www.relayforlife.ca or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with the local team. Organizers have even created an incentive draw; those who register before June 1 will be entered to win a prize and those that raise more than $150 are entered to win a one-night stay at Smith Rock Chalets in Scotsburn. Currently, there are 20 teams registered with the committee’s goal of 25 teams. Organizers are also encouraging those who might be interested in volunteering that day of the event to contact them to help out with things such as the survivors’ banquet.
With the event free for the public to attend, organizers are encouraging people to come out whether they are participating or not and enjoy the activities and share in the spirit of relay with those in attendance.
“The message is that no one should have to do it alone,” said this year’s community champion, Kevin Scott. A number of years ago, Scott was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer after going to the doctor for a routine check-up and a mentioning a tickle in his throat. Scott underwent seven weeks of intense radiation. He has been in remission for nine years and still remembers the feeling that washed over him as he heard those three words, “You have cancer.”
“My first thought was how do I tell my family,” Scott said. After getting treatment, Scott went to Relay as a survivor that year and was in awe at the support and love that is offered and the sense of community from the event.
With funds from Relay for Life going locally to the Lodge that Gives in Halifax, the effort has gone on to help many in Pictou County as this area has the highest usage of the facility.
“Never give up, no matter what, even in the darkest moments,” advised Scott.
Angela Ratcliffe, media chair, Kevin Scott, a community champion, and Shannon MacLean, logistics chair, show the site map of the 2019 Relay for Life which will be taking place on the field behind them at North Nova Education Centre. (Brimicombe photo)