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Relay for Life set for June 2 in Lewisporte

Jennifer Hutchings with Relay for Life shirts she’s received in the past as a participant and member of the relay’s steering committee. Hutchings is using the shirts to make a quilt top.
Jennifer Hutchings with Relay for Life shirts she’s received in the past as a participant and member of the relay’s steering committee. Hutchings is using the shirts to make a quilt top. - Contributed

Fundraising goal is $10,000

LEWISPORTE, NL — Volunteers from the Lewisporte area are anxious to get the word out that the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will take place in their town on June 2.

The relay, which is held at the Lewisporte Stadium, begins at 12 noon and continues until midnight.

However, the fun begins earlier in the day with a meet-and-greet from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lion’s Centre.

“Our survivors then walk from that building to the stadium, escorted by the (local cadets)” said relay coordinator Jennifer Hutchings.

The Relay for Life takes part in various communities across the county. The event celebrates survivors, remembers those who have lost their battle with cancer, and raises money for the cause.

Approximately 100,000 people participate in the relay every year across Canada.

Hutchings is encouraging local people to enter a team.

The event is all about cancer survivors, she said.

This year her committee has set a fundraising goal of $10,000.

“And (money) raised in Newfoundland and Labrador stays in Newfoundland and Labrador,” Hutchings said.

Money raised isn’t just for cancer research, Hutchings added. It also helps cancer patients with expenses related to their treatment. Some of the funds raised go to Daffodil Place, a 24-room facility operated by the Canadian Cancer Society, Newfoundland and Labrador Division, for people with cancer and their caregivers who need to travel to St. John’s for cancer care.

Anyone interested in entering a team in the relay can visit www.relayforlife.ca\lewisporte or call 1-888-753-6520.

danette@nl.rogers.com

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