Date set for 2014 Sackville-Mount Allison Relay for Life

Wallie Sears
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Co-chair still being sought in Sackville community

Keeping with tradition, a piper leads local cancer survivors in a victory lap at the start of the 2013 Sackville-Mount Allison Relay for Life.

Finally, after several attempts, the date for the annual Sackville-Mount Allison Relay for Life has been established and will take place during the afternoon and evening of Saturday, Oct. 18.

This was the original idea but since a major conference is slated for that time it was decided to attempt a more appropriate time. However, the university has agreed to having the event take place on the quadrangle from noon until midnight, believing it will not interfere with the meetings being held on campus.

Coordinator Jenn Rossiter of the Canadian Cancer Society in Moncton says the organizing committee tried a variety of dates but each time were faced with conflicts by football games or other events and so agreed to return to the first choice and change the hours.

Rossiter says a number of communities are moving ahead with changes in an effort to increase involvement by participants and sponsors. She feels the noon until midnight timing should prove more appealing to walkers, especially seniors who might have problems with travelling throughout the night. The football Mounties will be in in Wolfville that day facing the Acadia Axemen.

There remains one handicap and that is that nobody from the community has stepped up to accept the co-chair position. Currently student Molly Chase serves at the university co-chair and officials are looking throughout the Tantramar region for a volunteer. The Relay has evolved from an event originally founded by the Yellow Ribbon Society at Mount Allison to a joint undertaking with the town and subsequently to a county-wide program featuring substantial support from the Port Elgin-Cape Tormentine-Bayfield-Murray Corner region.

During its 11 years of operation, the Relay has enjoyed some outstanding success, last year raising more than $62,000. This time the goal has ben raised to a record $70,000, which will be used to battle cancer through research, prevention and cure of the life-taking disease.

Over the next few months Chase will be approaching local business to seek corporate sign sponsorship for $250 while others will be contacting last year’s major sponsors hoping they will return.

The goal is to have 36 teams of 10 or more individuals ready to go on Oct. 14 with as many as 500 individuals doing the 12-hour hike. Luminaries, a major highlight, will again be featured and officials hope to have at least 750 lining the trail.

At least 110 of the huge number of cancer survivors will be guests at a luncheon prior to the beginning of the walk and will launch the even with a piper leading them on the first lap. As usual, there will be plenty of food and refreshments available in the Manning room, while entertainment will continue throughout the afternoon and evening.

A number of football players who will not be in the lineup will remain behind to contribute to the success by putting their hair on the auction block with the funds raised going into the total for the day.

Organizations: Sackville-Mount Allison Relay for Life, Canadian Cancer Society, Yellow Ribbon Society

Geographic location: Sackville, Moncton, Wolfville Tantramar Port Elgin

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