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Changes coming for Relay For Life

By Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer

Celina Ip / Daily Observer

2017 Petawawa Relay For Life Honourary Survivor Lorraine MacKenzie led the first walk around the track with her four-year-old grandson Zachary Splint in June. The 2018 Relay for Life event is moving from Petawawa to Pembroke, and merging with Beachburg's event.

Celina Ip / Daily Observer 2017 Petawawa Relay For Life Honourary Survivor Lorraine MacKenzie led the first walk around the track with her four-year-old grandson Zachary Splint in June. The 2018 Relay for Life event is moving from Petawawa to Pembroke, and merging with Beachburg's event.

The Relay for Life is undergoing changes for 2018.

 

For the first time ever, the fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society will be held in Pembroke at the Pembroke Memorial Centre, and will merge the Petawawa and Beachburg events.

Lana Gorr, community engagement specialist with the Canadian Cancer Society Renfrew County Community Office, said the event will be held for six hours in the evening of June 22, 2018.

“We're very excited about it,” she said. The change of location means the event will be accessible to more businesses and family teams, so they can get involved in the fight against cancer which touches one in every two Canadians in their lifetime.

Gorr said changing up the event after more than 18 years is a good way to keep it fresh. Over the years, other charitable causes are competing for the same donor dollars, plus there has been a trend of declining revenues generated by the Relay for Life.

“This will be a different way of doing it,” she said, explaining the PMC is a unique venue.

Gorr said this new location will provide not only a roof for inclement weather, but a new focus on the event, with an elevated track allowing participants to look down and see all of the activities taking place in the Relay for Life Village set up on the rink surface below.

She said this will also save on the cost of renting and setting up tents, which will enable them to pass along more of the money raised to to fight against cancer.

“We are so excited to take our two relays and join forces and work together as one team, to fight back against cancer,” Gorr said.

For more information, register at www.relayforlife.ca today or call the office at 613-735-2571 for more information.

SUhler@postmedia.com