Big things coming for 2020’s Relay

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In anticipation of this year’s event, the committee for Pictou County Relay for Life have been preparing since October and is starting to ramp up preparation for the June event.

With some big changes to the committee, a lot of familiar faces are still around in new committee positions.

Former ambassadors Neil MacKinnon and Kevin Scott have taken roles on the committee with MacKinnon dealing with luminaries and pre-sales and Scott working as media co-chair among other members. The committee is also searching for team managers and day of support, for the day of the event.

“We are back at North Nova Education Centre because of the indoor-outdoor option,” said Shannon MacLean, leadership chair for the event. “This year being our 15th year in Pictou County, we’re really trying to encourage past participants and survivors to take part.”

She added that for those who are concerned about the weather on the day of the Relay, the event will be held inside the school in the gym, so the event will still be able to take place.

MacLean and other committee members are urging those who want to put in a team this year to sign up as early as possible so they are better able to help promote the teams and the fundraising efforts of the teams to the community.

The hope this year is that lots of survivors and past participants will take place for the 15th anniversary and honour those who have fought, are fighting or who lost the battle with cancer. With luminaries lining the track, it’s easy to see how many people are remembered and honoured each year at the event.

“I would love to see a sea of yellow shirts,” MacLean said. Yellow is the colour of T-shirts worn by cancer survivors.

Anyone interested in helping out with the committee, volunteering on the day of or just getting more information about the event and those who would like to sign up a team can visit, phone 902-301-4955 or email

With June 6, this year’s relay date, coming up soon MacLean also added that they are excited to share a big announcement in February about the event. In the meantime, the committee has been working hard to put everything in place so the day of and upcoming events such as a drop-in registration and team pack pick up will go off smoothly.

“Every one of the committee puts their heart and soul into this,” she said.

From left, Shannon MacLean, leadership chair, Neil MacKinnon, Luminary and pre-sales, and Angela Radcliffe, co-media chair, talk about some of the logistics of the upcoming Relay for Life event this June 6. (Brimicombe photo)