Mackenzie team raises $100,000

The Mackenzie Maniacs have participated in Quesnel Relay for Life for 10 years

Mackenzie Maniacs have been raising money for Relay for Life for 10 years and participating in Quesnel’s event.

How many people realize that a Relay for Life team from Mackenzie has raised more than $100,000 in 10 years at Quesnel’s Relay for Life event?

That’s right, Mackenzie Maniacs, captained by Mackenzie teacher Wendy Fisher, has fundraised in their hometown but driven every year for the past 10 years, down to Quesnel to participate here.

For Wendy it began in 2004 when she joined a team in Quesnel’s Relay because her friend Cathy Briggs, was organizing the event and her infectious enthusiasm prompted Wendy to get involved.

“I enjoyed it so much I’ve returned every year with a team,” she said.

“This is the team’s 10th anniversary but my 11th with Quesnel Relay.”

Not every relay participant has a personal story about cancer but Wendy certainly does.

Her battle with cancer is twofold. First in 1992 and then again in 2011, so the event is very close to her heart.

As for the fundraising effort, each year the team collects fundraising ginger snaps from Quesnel Bakery, takes them home to Mackenzie then sells them for their team effort.

“We also have a used book sale, garage sales and the biggest event for us is the Ladies Night Out,” Wendy said.

Wendy doesn’t know how next year will shape up as she will no longer be living in Mackenzie so she thrilled they topped $100,000 with this year’s campaign.

She loves Quesnel so much, Wendy’s arranged to retire from her librarian position at Morfee elementary school and move to Quesnel in July.

“So far this year, we’ve raised $15,000,” she said with a smile.

Although not all members of the team actually came to Quesnel, they are all busy with various aspects to the fundraising and Wendy said they all have their strengths including one member who is great at securing cash donations.

“I’m leaving next years plans in the team’s hands and am confident they’ll continue,” Wendy said.

“The future will unfold as its meant to.”

Why do they relay in Quesnel? Wendy said they enjoy the 12-hour format.

“The team spends the entire day together and there’s lots of Mackenzie people in Quesnel and lots of friends.”

Quesnel Relay for Life begins at 10:45 am, May 24 in LeBourdais Park with opening ceremonies and ends after the luminary ceremony by 10:45 p.m.

For information about Relay for Life visit cancer.ca/relay or call the local Canadian Cancer Society office, 778-466-3332.

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