Brantford’s 2016 Relay for Life Event

Yesterday evening, I attended Brantford’s Relay for Life event as a volunteer, and furthermore as a reporter. I wrote an article on the event, and I figured I would feature it as today’s post. Enjoy!

 

On Friday June 10th, Brantford hosted its 2016 Relay for Life Event at Lions Park. Numerous individuals attended the fundraiser in order to support cancer research through means of participating in the community-based event from 7:00pm-1:00am.

Relay for Life is a fundraising event that involves participants walking around a track throughout an evening to symbolize their fight against cancer. The event is a widely recognized fundraiser that is directly affiliated with the Canadian Cancer Society, and all of its proceeds are contributed to research and support services for those living and/or impacted by cancer.

Kevin Noseworthy, volunteer engagement coordinator of the Brant division of the Canadian Cancer Society, was very pleased with the event’s outcome.

“Our Brant Relay for Life committee, along with the staff of the Brant/Norfolk office of the Canadian Cancer Society, were very pleased with this year’s event. It is our 15th anniversary holding the Canadian Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event in Brant.”

Brantford’s Relay event offered countless activities and diverse entertainment for its participants throughout the night. Brantford’s own Shaun Mulrain was behind the event’s soundboard, and a live performance by The Danny Thompson Band concluded the evening. Other entertainment included stilt walker Doug ‘The Great’, face painting by Katie ‘The Great’, magician Magic Tony, Eric Nease and members of Infinum Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Brantford who demonstrated martial arts, and Abbey Girard and members of her Studio A Performing Arts Studio who engaged in interactive dancing with relay participants.

“From the moment people arrived to the time they left, I think they were entertained by a wide array of entertainers,” said Noseworthy, “This was a big year for our committee, and they lived up to their plans to promise our participants and survivors a great, fun-filled, memorable experience.”

The event’s opening ceremony included a welcome speech from Dave Levac, inspirational stories from cancer fighters, and the initial victory lap of the Relay led by cancer survivors.

Food and beverages were sponsored by Sherwood Restaurant & Catering, Boston Pizza, Nick’s No Frills in Paris, Harvey’s in Paris, Rusty’s No Frills, Culligan Water, MacMillan Ice, National Grocers, Sobey’s in Paris, McDonald’s and Poppa John’s Pizza.

Other sponsors include Millards, The Expositor, Rogers TV, Union Gas, Kool Zone Rentals, Evans Fire Equipment, Jeff’s At Work, Mulrain Guitars, Med-Ro-Vents, Drumbo Tent, Teacherspet Pet Retreat, Minuteman Press and Cohoon Engineering Ltd.

“The Canadian Cancer Society invites the entire community to participate and help us raise money and awareness to support the essential services and programs that support all cancer types with local cancer patients,” Noseworthy stated, “Relay for Life is a really wonderful event.”

For more information about Relay for Life, contact The Canadian Cancer Society’s Brant/Norfolk community office at 519-753-2566 / brant@ontario.cancer.ca.

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