Head Shave-A-Thon, luminaries back at Relay for Life

Registration for the head-shaving Relay event is now open, as well as luminary vendors.

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is fast-approaching, taking place on June 11/12. The Head Shave-A-Thon and Luminary events will be back for this year’s Relay.

The Shave-A-Thon will feature head shaving or hair-cutting, with hair being donated to the Canadian Cancer Society to create wigs for patients who have lost their hair. To participate in the event, those interested must register with Relay events co-ordinator Cindy MacKay and pick up a registration form and pledge sheet at East Kootenay Realty. Registration is free.

“If a person on the day of the event wants to donate their hair, that’s fine, but it must be at least six inches long,” said MacKay for those who decide to take part last-minute on Relay day. “Or, if not, then hopefully they have done some fundraising on their own.”

The event is not just to donate hair, but to donate money raised through collected pledges, as well as to raise awareness.

Once participants have collected their pledges, they can be brought to MacKay by June 8.

“I think people should want to register and participate in this great event to help make a difference in some else’s life. It is also a great way to connect with your community,” said MacKay.

To register for the Head Shave-A-Thon or for more information, call MacKay at 250-341-5161 or email at cindymackay@ekrealty.com. Luminaries are also now available for purchase for the Luminary event on Relay Day. They are $5 each and can bear names in honor of a loved one battling or who has battled cancer, or in memory of someone who has passed away, as well as personal designs and photos.

They are available for purchase at Invermere 1-Hour Photo and The Valley Echo office.