If you’re looking for a great place to grab a snack, let the kids run free for a bit and catch up with some friends — all for a good cause — then come down to the Relay for Life Revelstoke today (June 12) at Mountain View elementary school.
The event kicked off at 9:30 a.m. this morning and runs until 10 p.m. today.
Organizer Cheryl Fry delivered the opening speech to the hundreds on hand: “Yellow signifies victory. Be proud that we have persevered and stood tall and strong in the face of cancer. You bring hope to those currently facing this disease. Be very proud.”
She continued: “Each of us has a story as why we are here. Take a moment to think of the reason that brought you to relay today. You shouldn’t feel alone. There are over 200,000 participants across Canada who will be doing the exact same thing that we are doing here today — standing together for 12 hours to show your support to fight against cancer.
By walking this track today and through the later evening, you are joining forces with nearly four million people world wide who want to save lives.”
Honourary survivor Norma Craft also addressed the crowd. “I don’t dye my hair, I’m 58 years old, and I am a survivor,” she began. “I want to tell everybody that I give thanks to my god everyday for having me be here.”
Craft told the audience she was diagnosed with cancer in 2004 and finished treatments including many surgeries in 2005. “Laughter is how I survived. Being positive and laughing, and I still laugh all the time — ask my friends.”
Here is the schedule of events for Relay for Life Revelstoke events today:
The Schedule Highlights:
9:30 a.m. – Opening Celebrate Ceremony
9:50 a.m. – Survivors and Caregivers Victory lap
10:00 a.m. – Team lap
10:20 a.m. – Survivors Group Photo
10:30-11:00 a.m. – Team Photos
7:30 p.m. – Remember Ceremony
8:00 p.m. – Raffle draws
9:00 p.m. – Fight Back Ceremony
All day Activities:
Dunk tank, Hoops, Bubbles, Several raffles, silent auctions
12 Hours of Live Stage Music with Local Musicians:
Bob Rogers Quartet, High School Choir, Maggie Davis, Phyllis Mae, Carter Family, Bon St Jon, The Rev, Sister Girl, Zumba for kids, Matt Potter, Zumba for adults.
Excellent healthy food will be served
Pancake breakfast starting at 8:30–11:00 a.m., chicken burgers, turkey dogs, healthy bars, shrimp kabobs, popcorn, fruit, fruit smoothies