Revelstokians raised $43,889 and joined 200,000 other Relay for Life participants Sunday in the remarkable annual event that raises millions to fight cancer.
“Each of us has a story of why we are here,” said Honourary Chairwoman Lindy Silano. “Take a moment to think of the reason that brought you to Relay. You shouldn’t feel alone. There are over 200,000 participants across Canada that will be doing the exact same thing we are doing here today, standing together for 12 hours to show support for the fight against cancer. By walking this track today, you are joining forces with nearly four million people worldwide who want to save lives.”
The Survivors’ Lap brought out scores of local cancer survivors and the Team Lap saw members of the 15 local teams strut around the track at Centennial Park. You can see video of these laps here:
That doesn’t mean there wouldn’t be fun, too.
There was food, of course, and lots of entertainment. with musical performances by Sharon Shook, Donna Hanna’s Band, the Swing Monkeys, Mr. Rogers and the Maritime Kitchen Band. It was a hot day so some people cooled down by getting their heads and torsos shaved during the Hair Removal for a Cause event at 4:45. That’s something Powder Springs General Manager Emma Kirkland was up for. She lost her blonde locks (see the photo below), but it was all for a good cause.
The raffle and draws were held at 9, followed by the Closing Ceremonies. At 10 pm it was all over. Here are photos of the event: