HAMLET — The American Cancer Society is calling on all community members to participate in the annual Relay For Life of Richmond County on Friday, May 5 at the Richmond Community College’s Cole Auditorium.
It is not too late to assemble some friends, co-workers, neighbors, or fellow church members and join one of Richmond County’s most recognizable annual events. The Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to save lives from cancer. Uniting communities across the globe, the event celebrates people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action for lifesaving change.
“There is still room for additional teams. We would love to add another 4-6 teams in the final weeks before the big event!” said local committee chairperson Jamie Brooks.
There is little required to start a team and no fundraising minimum is required. The only requirements for a team is that you occupy a space in the parking lot and to have a fundraising activity at the Relay. Teams will be allowed to start setting up at noon on Friday and must be completed by 5 p.m.
“Every passionate step taken demonstrates courage and strength,” said Pam Davis, committee volunteer. “Together, we are bigger than cancer, and funds raised by local teams help the American Cancer Society bring cancer to its knees.”
Cameron Whitley, community manager for the local district, offered several suggestions for fundraising activities.
“We have had teams in the past that were very successful by selling tickets to win different items like Yeti coolers or grills,” she said. “You can even just participate by selling tickets for a load of gravel that has been donated by Vulcan Materials.”
There are many opportunities to fundraise.
“Selling desserts, food or snacks is also a popular way to raise funds,” Whitley continued, “maybe a group can takeover the tradition of selling strawberry shortcakes or loaded baked potatoes.”
Teams and individuals can learn more and sign up for the Relay For Life event by visiting RelayForLife.org/RichmondNC or call us at 910.334.0207.
The event is called “Relay for Life” because the parking lot is transformed into a lap track and teams are encouraged to have a team member walking the track during the entire event.
Starting at 6 p.m. on May 5, the event kicks off with a few ceremonial laps, including a survivor lap, a caregiver lap, and a team lap. The event wraps up at midnight.
Non-team attendees pay a $5 entry fee and receive $5 in “Relay bucks” to spend on the night of the event.
Fundraising doesn’t conclude on Relay night. Teams can keep fundraising until August when the official tallies are registered.
Funds raised from the event and all of the pre- and post-event fundraisers go to the American Cancer Society and help to fund life-saving and life-improving medications and treatments for cancer patients and for cancer-preventing options.
“There are so many people right here in Richmond County who have taken medications developed through American Cancer Society research,” said Whitley.
More details about the event can be found online www.relayforlife.org/richmondnc.