Relay for Life raises $53,000 in Alliston

June 7, 2017   ·   0 Comments

The Innisfil Pipes & Drums lead the Survivor’s Lap at the onset of the Relay.



By Wendy Gabrek



On Friday, June 9, cancer survivors, those currently battling the disease and friends and families came together at the PPG/Alliston Fairgrounds for the annual Relay For Life fundraiser.
Benefitting the Barrie Chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society (that supports New Tecumseth and its residents), the event raised $53,000 through pledges and donations.
Relay For Life is a festival-like fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track for 6 hours to symbolize the ongoing fight against cancer.
The event also features a number of fun activities and a ton of great food (East Side Mario’s Alliston), but primarily aims to celebrate cancer survivors; remember those we’ve lost; and to fight back against cancer.
Relay For Life aims to raise funds that fight all types of cancer through world-class research, services for patients and their families, cancer prevention initiatives and advocacy on important cancer-related issues.
In 2016, Relay For Life held 432 events and raised over $28 million.
Totals for this year’s event were not yet available at press time. However the top fundraising teams for 2017 were:
1. Goal $7,500 Friends for Life (actual $8,406)
2. Goal $5,000 Alliston Alliance (actual $5,346.40)
3. Goal $2,500 Put a Clamp on Cancer (actual $3,025)
4. Goal $2,500 Lightning Bells (actual $2,825)
5. Family Ties (actual $2,370)
6. Lynn’s Legacy ($2,200)
7. Paul’s Pirates (actual $1,465.00)
8. #LetsEndThis (actual $1,235)
9. Team Nicky (actual $1,195.00)
10. Coldwell Banker Ronan Realty (actual $1,135.00)
“Relay for Life-Alliston would like to extend a huge thank you to all those that support Relay for Life. We are so fortunate to have such a caring and giving community. Many thanks to all the sponsors for all their support, to the volunteers, for without their help their would be no event and to the participants that work so hard to raise money for cancer research and so many important programs,” said Oliver, via the Relay for Life 2017 Facebook page. “It is my sincere hope, that although raising funds for cancer is such a worthwhile cause and such a serious matter, I hope you also enjoyed yourselves. We raised over $53,000 to go to important cancer programs and research! Way to go everyone!
“Many thanks to all the volunteers that help out event day, it takes many to make it the great event that it is. Thanks to Fausta, Samantha and Laura Payne, Gail and Emily Ingram, Tammy, Ken, Stephanie and Darryl Rowbottom, Robin and Nicole Brown, Nancy Teeter, Tom, Steven and Brad Oliver, Jeff Hummell, Rick Lea, the many student volunteers, the banking volunteers that collect your money and the registration volunteers that greet you and sign you up. We would like to make special mention of Rory Mackinnon, who pipes ‘Amazing Grace,’ from high atop the aerial fire truck bucket. Also to New Tecumseth Fire and Rescue, for their support with the aerial truck bucket rides, thanks to Dan Heydon and Hank Williams. We would also like to express thanks to Nottawasaga OPP for their support in the registration area. Many thanks to the Town of New Tecumseth for their support. It really does take so many to help pull off this wonderful event, so thank you to everyone.”


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