Gujree Sabbarwal is a veteran Relay for Life walker having participated on a friend’s team for the past three years.
However, with friend not forming a team this year, the 11-year-old thought, why not?
“I thought it would be fun to form a team and raise money,” Gujree said.
Her team Bliss Lifesavers, is the youngest Relay for Life team. With eight members already committed and busy fundraising, Gujree is looking for two more to fill the team roster. Their goal is to raise at least $800.
Gujree’s set her goal at $100 but has already surpassed that.
“Now my goal is to raise $300 for the team,” she said.
Three of the team members are from the École Baker elementary school Grade 3/4 class and the other five from Gujree’s Grade 6 class.
She admitted it was difficult at first to gather team members but once her friend Lyle came on board in December and her co-captain Neha in the new year, the team came together after that.
“Neha said if I’d go with her to Kersley Musical Theatre, she’d join the team,” Gujree said with a grin.
She was quick to add her parents have been very supportive and were happy when she decided to form the team.
When asked why they chose Bliss Lifesavers, Gujree said they hope their effort could save even one life.
Even at her young age, cancer has touched her family.
“I lost my grandpa to cancer,” she said.
At a recent team meeting, Gujree said they discussed fundraising and each member is well on their way with at least $50.
The team is also hosting an East Indian fundraiser dinner at Bliss the Ultimate Grill, May 18 – 19.
Gujree said her dad Jas, owner of Bliss, has designed the menu.
It will be a three-course meal with an appetizer, main course and dessert.
Tickets are $30 each and available at Bliss.
Team members will serve during the fundraiser and are expected to sell at least two tickets to the fundraiser.
Some of the people the team has approached have been surprised at how young the team is but that hasn’t stopped Bliss Lifesavers from asking for donations.
“I’ve asked lots of the teachers at the school and they’ve donated a lot, I was really happy about that,” she said.
“I was surprised we were the youngest team, I thought other kids would form teams.”
Gujree knows it takes an entire team to reach their goals and she’s grateful to her teammates for their participation. She is also grateful to her dad and Quesnel’s Canadian Cancer Society community fundraising co-ordinator Cathy Briggs for their guidance and support through the process.
On Relay day Gujree said they’ll have a tent covered in lifesavers and are still finalizing their Relay outfits.
They plan to have at least five team members at LeBourdais park at all times and Gujree said each team member will probably walk the track between 3 – 5 times.
Other than that, she expects they’ll play games and spend time in the waterpark unless it rains.
“Then we’ll play in the tent,” she said with a laugh.
To donate to Bliss Lifesavers, drop by Bliss the Ultimate Grill, Ecole Baker or visit www.relayforlife.ca and follow the links to donate to a team.
Quesnel Relay for Life is May 28 in LeBourdais Park.
This is the 10th anniversary of the event in the community andorganizers welcome new team registrations.
Contact Cathy Briggs, 250-747-2510, email@example.com or the CCS Resource Centre, 332 Front St., 250-992-6551, www.relayforlife.ca or toll-free 1-888-939-3333.