Quesnel Bliss Lifesavers on the hunt for donations

Jas Sabbarwal

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, cbriggs@bc.cancer.ca or the CCS Resource Centre, 332 Front St., 250-992-6551, www.relayforlife.ca or toll-free 1-888-939-3333.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Letters to Dunrovin

Letters To Seniors project is connecting communities to care home residents during COVID-19

Quesnel School District opens playgrounds

School playgrounds have opened as of Friday, June 5

Quesnel Farmers’ Market welcomes back non-food vendors

Decision comes as the Province moves forward with phase two of the B.C. Restart Plan

Barkerville set to re-open in phases

Accomodations, shops, restaraunts to open June 18, exhibits and public programming July 3

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

Kelowna Mountie who punched suspect identified, condemned by sister

‘How did he get away with this? How is this justifiable?’

PHOTOS: Anti-racism protesters gather in communities across B.C.

More protests are expected through the weekend

Pair accused of ‘horrific’ assault at Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park at large

Police say Jason Tapp, 30, and Nicole Edwards, 33, did not show up to meet their bail supervisor this week

No charges to be laid against 22 northern B.C. pipeline protesters

Twenty-two people were arrested in February, but Crown has decided not to pursue charges

‘Great Regional Air Hug’ being organized by the Vanderhoof International Airshow Society

A multi-aircraft flyover over the region is being planned for August 15.

Plan in place for BC Ferries to start increasing service levels

Ferry corporation reaches temporary service level agreement with province

B.C. starts to see employment return under COVID-19 rules

Jobless rate for young people still over 20% in May

Most Read