Canada’s premier Relay For Life is aiming to do even better this year as the annual walk is moving to a new location.
Held at Masich Place Stadium for the past 25 years, this year’s relay is moving to Exhibition Park.
“There are a lot of changes this year,” says Aimee Cassie of the Canadian Cancer Society. “Not only are we in a new venue, but we’re on a new date, June 9-10. We’ve moved from Mother’s Day weekend.”
Last year the Prince George Relay for Life, which is the only 24-hour Relay, was tops in Canada raising $580,000. This year $600,000 is well within reach.
Moving the Relay into June will, (fingers crossed), provide better weather for the walk, which raises funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.
The new location also means a lot more space for participants.
“We can really accommodate RVs this year, which is fantastic,” said Cassie, adding the new venue provides a lot more parking space.
There is also more room for designated survivor spaces, enabling more cancer survivors to come to the event.
“This new Exhibition Park site gives us the opportunity to continue to grow,” said Cassie. “That really what we wanted to do. We’re really excited for the year ahead.”
The Relay for Life relies on help from local sponsors and the Brink Group of Companies stepped up with a $5,000, presented last week at the Kordyban Lodge, where out-of-town cancer patients can stay while receiving treatment in Prince George.
“The sponsors are so fantastic,” said Cassie. “They support us to bring the vision of what we Relay to be to life for us,” she said.
John Brink, of the Brink Group of Companies, said the Relay’s success is a testament to the hard work of the organizers and the community.
“It’s an amazing achievement,” he said of the Prince George Relay being tops in the country. “They have been No. 1 in fundraising in the community and we want to be part of that. I’m excited about it.”
As with anything, repeated as No. 1 is no easy task, but it’s one local organizers are up for.
“We are really hoping to be No. 1 again,” Cassie said. “Prince George has been nicknamed as Relay City and we’re really proud of that. More importantly, there’s something magic at the heart of Relay and I think that’s what keeps us No. 1. We all get together, everyone who’s touched by cancer, and support one another and work to find a cure one day.”
If you haven’t already registered to take part and help raise funds, you can register at: www.relayforlife.ca/princegeorge