SACKVILLE, N.B. â€“ A 19-year-old Mount Allison University science student has stepped up to work with Bob Caldwell as they co-chair the Sackville portion of the Sackville-Mount Allison Relay For Life to be held on Oct. 18 from noon until midnight.
Nicole Odishaw says she has accepted the role and is doing it as a tribute to her aunt, who recently was a victim of cancer. This will mark her entry into the ongoing fight against the dreaded disease but she says she is looking forward to doing much more for such a great and worthy cause. She will sit in for Caldwell who will be absent during the month of September.
Meanwhile, Odishaw says it is exciting to meet more folks from throughout Tantramar. She spent some time in town during the summer where she enjoyed mingling and meeting with a number of local folks and believes working with people from throughout the region will be a real educational experience.
A number of new events will be introduced this year as Canadian Cancer Society officials across the country are coming up with innovative ways of fundraising. The local event has been held until now during the period of 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. the following day. Itâ€™s hoped the new time will allow more people, especially seniors, to take part in the 12-hour walk.
For the first time the Sackville Volunteer Fire Department, in full regalia, is expected to lead the luminary walk, while a bagpiper is being sought to lead the official opening.
Already a good many teams from the campus â€“ mainly representing dormitories â€“ have committed, while about a dozen from the area have indicated their intent to participate.
Funds are being sought in a variety of ways. Gourds, pumpkins, tickets and donations will be available at the Fall Fair, barbecues, bake sales and music nights are some of the ideas.
Luminary kits will be available at such outlets as Jean Coutu, Meldrumâ€™s Law Office, Co-Op, Guardian Drugs, and Joeyâ€™s.
Refreshments will be available throughout the day in the Manning Room of the Chapel where musical entertainment will also be offered. Bands and groups will perform on the outdoor stage throughout the day and evening.
With a goal of $70,000 organizers are scrambling to come up with more corporate sponsors, increases in sales of tickets and luminaries and an increased number of 10-member teams.