LOCKEPORT, N.S. – The sixth annual YOLO Relay for Life event in Lockeport takes place Friday, June 8, at Lockeport Regional High School, starting at 7 p.m.
“It’s a fun evening. The people who come do enjoy it,” says Ellen Suttle, one of the organizers of the YOLO – You Only Live Once – relay event.
A community fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society, more than 400 Relay for Life events were held across Canada last year, mostly in larger urban centres, which was the reason behind the Lockeport Relay for Life event being started in 2012.
“We realized we needed something local for people to be able to participate in and this way they can participate,” says Suttle, adding she used to go to the Yarmouth Relay for Life but it would be after midnight by the time she and others travelling with her got home.
“For years I thought about it. If we had it here we would catch Shelburne and Lockeport. Last year was the fifth year and we have raised over $80,000.”
The event is open to everyone as participants on a team, as cancer survivors or as spectators just taking in the evening and socializing.
Following registration for the event will at 6 p.m., the grand opening will be followed by the survivor walk at 7 p.m. The lighting of the luminaries will be at 9 p.m., followed by a glow-stick walk. In between will be the bubble walk in memory of Vicki Huskilson, who was a member of the organizing committee and had the idea to do a bubble walk where everyone goes outside with a bottle of bubbles and walks around the school blowing them. “Bubbles are everywhere,” said Suttle. “Vicki started that, so we thought it would be really nice if we continued that one in her memory.”
The evening will include music, a door prize, food and more. The team that raises the most money per person and the person who raises the most money will be recognized during a plaque presentation at the end of the evening, when everything is tallied up.
While participation has varied, Suttle estimates on average about 100 people have taken part in the Relay for Life event each year, with about 20 to 25 cancer survivors turning out.
OTHER RELAY FOR LIFE EVENTS IN THE TRI-COUNTY REGION:
Clare’s Relay for Life is Saturday, June 9 at the high school in Meteghan River from 6 p.m. to midnight. Digby’s Relay for Life is scheduled for June 16 at the Digby arena and Yarmouth will have its Relay for Life June 23 at the Mariners Centre. Each of these relays also is scheduled for 6 p.m. to midnight.