Organizers of this year’s relay for life cancer fundraiser are banking on last minute registrations to meet their $45,000 fundraising goal.
The event gets underway at Bud Miller All Seasons Park this Friday night from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday morning with late onsite registration starting at 4:30 p.m.
Online registration at relayforlife.ca/sk closes on Thursday.
“I find every year especially in Lloydminster we always find we end up with a team or two that registers on the event night,” said Kalina Barlow, fundraising specialist with the Canadian Cancer Society based in Saskatoon.
Just 45 people and eight teams had registered for the relay by the end of last week when Barlow made a pitch for more participants and team members.
“We are down about half the teams this year, but we are definitely hoping to see a few more people still come out and register for the event,” she said.
By the day of the event last year, final registration grew to 137 people who raised $64,000.
That’s more than this year’s goal, but Barlow said they like to keep their numbers conservative, then hope to exceed it.
“It’s better to exceed than not bringing in as much as we were hoping to,” she said.
Money raised will go toward cancer research, cancer patients and their families and for advocacy and prevention.
Barlow noted teams can continue to fundraise after the relay.
The event includes different ceremonies in honour and memory of cancer survivors with twilight and darkness setting a mood.
“The reason we do that at night is it kind of mimics the journey of a cancer patient,” said Barlow.
“It starts in the evening which kind of symbolizes getting diagnosed with cancer—the end of the event symbolizes people getting through their cancer treatment.”
Barlow said organizers do ask that teams have one person on the course at all times and when people aren’t walking there is some entertainment to partake in.
“We have some silent auction and things like that as well,” she said.
Barlow is hoping to attract a few more last-minute helpers to help set up luminaries during the day and volunteer in some areas in the evening during the relay.
To volunteer phone Barlow at 306-244-4219.