Letter to the editor: It’s time to start your fundraising

An update with how Relay For Life is coming alone.

With only sixteen weeks until the Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life, it is time to get moving on your fundraising activities.  Relay For Life is the revenue-generating event for the Canadian Cancer Society and the funds raised are used for the many services and initiatives supported by the Canadian Cancer Society.

Many teams and individuals are already fully involved in their fundraising efforts for the 2013 Relay For Life.  As of Feb. 4, Quesnel Relay For Life participants have raised $5,510.

Jeff Higgins is currently the top fundraiser and his team, the West Fraser Walkin’ Wonders, have already exceeded their fundraising goal of $1,000.

The team with the top fundraising so far is Family Fun. This team of 15 has already raised $3,295 towards their goal of $15,000.

With 46 participants currently registered on 10 teams, there is still a long way to go before we meet or beat last year’s 346 participants on 34 teams.  Remember. until March 1, the cost of registration is only $10, after which the cost increases to $20. So register early.

Don’t have a team? No problem!  Several teams are currently accepting new members from the public and more are sure to come as teams continue to register.

You can join online by registering at  www.relaybc.ca/quesnel2013 or stop by the Canadian Cancer Society Resource Centre at 332 Front St. to fill out a registration form.

The dedicated volunteers at the Resource Centre can also help to answer your questions, help you fill out your registration and provide information about the Canadian Cancer Society.

Relay For Life is also a time to celebrate cancer survivors.

The Canadian Cancer Society would like to invite all those who have or are fighting cancer to join us for the victory lap that begins Relay For Life on May 25.

There will also be a survivor tea held in April and at Relay For Life to celebrate survivors’ strength and courage and to help connect survivors with services and other survivors who may understand what they are going through.  Survivors can register online at  www.relaybc.ca/quesnel2013 or at the Cancer Resource Centre on Front Street.

We encourage you to stop by the Resource Centre during office hours (11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday) to meet our volunteers and learn what services are available to support and celebrate cancer survivors.

Does your Relay For Life team have an event coming up that you would like to make known?  Email  quesnelrelay@bc.cancer.ca and we will include it in our next article.

You can also submit your events at www.hqcariboo.com and  www.quesnelchamber.com to be included in online events listings.

Team packages are now available at the Canadian Cancer Society Resource Centre.

Feb. 28 is the next team information night at the Sandman Hotel at 7 p.m. For more information on the Relay For Life event or how you can get involved, contact Michelle Godfrey at 778-414-1222 or 250-983-8815, or Kara Perdue at 250-983-4241.

You can also email quesnelrelay@bc.cancer.ca.

For questions about teams contact Cathy Briggs at 250- 747-1739.

You can also visit the Relay For Life website at www.relaybc.ca/quesnel2013 for information on the Canadian Cancer Society, to register your team, and for online donations.

Kara Purdue is the leadership co-chair for Relay for Life.