Organizers busy preparing for 2014 relay for Life

Wallie Sears
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Organizers of the 2014 Sackville-Mount Allison Relay For Life are exploring the idea of shifting the event from an all-night affair to one that would begin at noon and finish up at midnight, thus allowing participants the opportunity of returning home to enjoy a full night’s sleep.

With the second weekend of October being eliminated due to a major conference being held on campus, it has been proposed to delay it for one week, staging it during the afternoon and evening of Saturday, Oct. 25.

However, neither the date nor timing are “set in stone” according to co-chair Amy Chase, and it’s expected a final decision will be reached during the next committee meeting on May 8 when all interested people are invited to attend and have their input.

One potential problem is that the football Mounties are scheduled to host the St. Francis Xavier X-Men on that afternoon and many potential walkers would also wish to be at MacAulay Field for the contest.

It has been noted that relays across the country are held from midnight until 7 a.m., accentuating that cancer “never sleeps”. The local relay is one of very few not held in June each year since students are gone and do not arrive back until late August or early September and require a month or so to get properly organized.

While there are a good many decisions yet to be made more than $1,100 is already in the bank, mostly from the sale of WestJet tickets.  However, Laura Estabrooks is also heavily involved in selling Vesey seeds, with a portion of the sales going to the relay.

Officials are also still on the hunt for a town co-chair since the event is a shared undertaking, with the town representative also speaking on behalf of the Tantramar region. Chase says two potential co-chairs from the region have been identified and it is a matter of having them sign on. Last year Sheila Parker served in that capacity but was forced to step down due to many other commitments.

Several committee chairs have already been appointed, mostly Mount Allison students since it is from this pool that the vast majority of volunteer help is recruited.

Chad Morash will head up the sponsorship and team recruitment committee, with Ben Foster handling media relations.  Lily Machie will handle volunteer recruitment, Neal Callaghan will be in charge of logistics and Chase will double as coordinator of luminaries.

So, those interested in ensuring a successful Relay for Life here in Sackville have an opportunity to put in their “two cents worth” on Thursday, June 19 – many voices and opinions will be required if the event is to reach its potential.  This date will follow the holding of similar events throughout the province.

Organizations: WestJet

Geographic location: Sackville

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