REPORTING · 24th June 2015
The Kitimat Relay for Life took place on Saturday, June 13th at the Mount Elizabeth Middle and Secondary School Track. Teams came out to walk laps, and have a good time while raising money for Cancer Research.
“We have a lot of the community who came up. Some are corporate teams, some were formed with families and friends,” Said Michel Voyer one of the two organizers.
“By walking the track today, we are joining forces with 4,000,000 worldwide who want to save lives and create a world where no one fears cancer,” said Marli Penner, the other organizer, during the opening ceremonies.
The opening lap was done by the colour party, survivors and caregivers. While only 15 teams came out this year, they were much larger then they usually were.
Voyer explained the goals for the day were to raise money which will go to fund Cancer Research. Other goals were to celebrate the lives of people who were lost and those whom have recovered. Bands played throughout the afternoon, there was a carnival for the children and there were a number of activities going on throughout the day.
One thing which was added to the relay this year was a blue baton, which was passed between team members. The idea was to have your team’s baton being carried by a person on the track at all times.
The most money raised by an individual was 15,000, which went to Vicki Pristner from the McElhanney Team. The highest amount raised by a team was $57,000 which was raised by the Kitimat Modernization Team. The final amount for the day was $107,000 to support the Canadian Cancer Society, although we were informed later it raised to over $111,000
At 10:30, it was time for the Luminary Ceremony. “This is a time to remember those we’ve lost, pay tribute to those who have battled cancer, and to those who are currently on the Cancer journey. It is a time to look inside ourselves in quiet reflection and to find hope. No matter what our experience with Cancer has been, we all share hope that one day we’ll live in a world, where all our children and their children, will never have to hear the words, you have cancer,” said Penner.
Voyer thanked all the volunteers who put the Relay for Life together.
The Survivors get ready for their opening lap
Stekelemburg from the Eastern Spirit gives a cheque that doubles their result, increasing their total by 3,500
Vicki Pristner raised the most money by an individual
Updates to Article
Comment by Marli on 2nd July 2015
Overall total- $111,000
Highest team- KMP Builds a Cure $61,000