The Survivors’ Lap kicks off the annual Relay for Life and teams are already getting organized to raise funds for this year’s relay which will be held June 10-11 at Phoenix School.

Relay for Life efforts underway

The survivors’ lap is still over three months away but it’s not too soon to get your team together for the Relay for Life cancer fundraiser.

The survivors’ lap is still over three months away but it’s not too soon to get your team together for the Relay for Life cancer fundraiser.

“The first step is getting your team together,” said Joanne Millar who is in charge of team services for the relay. “Then the fun begins. Pick a name for your team…pick a theme and get registered.”

The Relay for Life is a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society that is held in communities all across B.C. Teams raise donations and pledges and then participate in a 12-hour relay on June 10-11 at Phoenix School, in Campbell River’s case.

Organizers are hoping this year’s Relay for Life will be even bigger and better than last year and the emphasis will be on family participation.

At an organizing rally held at the Campbell River White Spot, some teams got an early start on their fundraising and teambuilding efforts.

You can get all the information you need at the Cancer Society unit office on 16th Avenue or you can go online (cancer.ca/relay).  To keep the momentum going, there will be team captain meetings periodically prior to the relay. The first team captain meeting was held Thursday.

The next will be May 5 which will focus on getting ready for the event.

Teams are encouraged to get their fundraising underway and fundraising ideas include such things as garage sales.

Besides relay teams, volunteers are needed to help out at the relay. For more information, contact Cancer Society regional coordinator Linda Thomas at 1-250-218-7158 or e-mail lthomas@bc.cancer.ca.