Relay for Life needs you

The annual cancer research fundraiser event needs more participants

Invermere’s Ben Oliver

Invermere’s Ben Oliver

The place you want to be on Saturday, June 15 is David Thompson Secondary School to take part in the 11th annual Columbia Valley Relay for Life.

The Relay will begin just before 6 p.m. with a few short speeches, then continue on for a fun-filled community event. This year’s event will be MCed by Columbia Valley Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac.

Survivors are encouraged to join us for the Survivors’ Reception at 5 p.m. If you need info, please call Terri Lightfoot.

The Survivors’ Victory Lap will begin right after the speeches. Children’s activities will be available to keep the kids busy for when they are not walking the track. Live local entertainment will be provided by valley favourites such as Deb Ede and Kurt Reichel, Marty and Eli Beingessner, Scott Ivers and a few others yet to confirm.

Hair Shave-a-Thon will be one of the highlights of the day. So far, we have four individuals registered including nine-year-old Emily who has been growing her hair for a couple of years.  All it takes is six inches to make a wig for a cancer patient. To register, call Cindy at Westland Insurance or 250-341-5161.

Race A Cop: The local police will be challenging citizens to race them in a 40-yard dash. Each participant is asked to raise a minimum of $50. The first challenge is between Cst. Andrew Michaud and Brandon Bloom. If you wish to challenge an officer, contact Marko and let him know.

Jail & Bail: Local celebrities will be “arrested” on Relay day and put in our jail. They will need to raise at least $250 in order to get out of jail.

Pick a decade: To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Canadian Cancer Society, we are asking each team to pick a decade and dress up. Decorate your site too; let your imagination go wild. Our Lifestyles tent will have information and educational brochures for you to pick up. Registration and donations will be accepted the day of Relay at the Registration tent. A variety of inexpensive items will be available for purchase as well. Luminary Ceremony will begin at dusk. This is a beautiful and moving occasion to REMEMBER those we have lost, CELEBRATE those who have won, and to FIGHT BACK for those still fighting this disease. Luminaries will be sold at Valley Foods the morning of Wednesday, June 5th, and will also be available at Relay.

If you wish your photo, name and info included in the PowerPoint presentation we play during the Luminary Ceremony, please forward all to Sheila at

After midnight, everyone is invited to participate in the full 12-hour event. Tenting, RV, camper and trailer opportunities are available. The after-midnight crew have fun activities planned including movies, popcorn and themed laps.

If you require any further information, please call Sheila at 250-342-9059.

We look forward to seeing you at Relay on Saturday, June 15th.