Molly Chase will serve as co-chair representing Mount Allison students of this year’s local Relay for Life. PHOTO SUBMITTED
Some preliminary work is underway for the 2014 Sackville-Mount Allison Relay for Life, with Molly Chase already in place as co-chair representing the Mount Allison students – one-half of the team that brings together town and gown in an interesting and successful manner.
Last year’s co-chair from Sackville, Sheila Parker, has stepped down from that role but plans to continue with committee work in an effort to ensure the event continues to meet with such overwhelming success. More than $60,000 was raised in 2013 for the ongoing battle against cancer.
Chase, a second year psychology student from Moncton, has accepted the leadership and feels it is crucial to have a colleague from the town in order to initiate planning on a broader scale.
The co-chair says she has been inspired to serve in the battle against cancer with several relatives and friends having become victims. She adds that she is looking forward to working closely with the town representatives on the committee. Last year she was a volunteer, working in a number of areas and this time felt the call to offer herself in a leadership role.
One of Chase’s goals this year is to ensure a greater number of students are involved at all levels, including the planning committee as well as during the 12-hour event to guarantee its success.
It’s hoped to hold the first general meeting fairly soon, at least as soon as a co-chair is named. Two or three future meetings may be held prior to the end of the academic year while regular gatherings of the organizing group will take place throughout the summer leading up to the October relay. Since Chase lives in Moncton she says she should be available to attend the planning sessions.
Chase says it is far too early to have set a date for the relay but it will probably take place over a 12-hour period on the second weekend of October. After some consideration of holding it in the athletic centre last year the decision was to continue on the campus quad. In case of inclement weather it’s hoped to have the site shifted, probably to the local civic centre if it is available. It is also too early to have established a financial goal but Chase says an increased effort will be made to increase the number of corporate donors as well as the number of teams. She says the local relay received a tremendous boosted three years ago with a number of teams and added interest coming from throughout Tantramar and especially in the Murray Corner-Bayfield-Port Elgin area.
So the call has gone out for a person from the Tantramar area to step forward and fill the co-chair role so planning may get underway early and not force the committee to rush things during the final weeks leading up to the huge event.