Shaping up for another great Relay For Life

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Open houses for Middleton relay start tonight

By Heather Killen

The Spectator


Whether you've never been involved with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, or if you have volunteered before and want to join again, the open houses are a great way to start off the new year.

Anyone interested in this year’s event can drop by one of the open houses being held in Bridgetown, Greenwood, Berwick, and Middleton. The meet-and-greets are a chance to meet the committee and see what Relay For Life is all about.

The first takes place in Bridgetown on January 14 at 7 p.m. at the End of the Line Pub; the next in Greenwood on January 24 at 1 p.m. at the Annapolis Mess hall, 14 Wing Greenwood; and the third in Middleton on January 23 at 7 p.m. at the Subway restaurant.

“We would love to answer any of your questions and share with you what Relay is all about,” said Claude Grimard, co-chair of Middleton’s Relay For Life planning committee.



The open houses are also an easy way for survivors to register for this year’s event, and for teams to get information and kits. It’s also a chance for anyone wanting to volunteer on this year’s committee to join.

Relay For Life is an inspirational, non-competitive, 12-hour overnight fundraising event that brings people together to celebrate life and fight cancer.  The event has a festival-like atmosphere that people of all ages and fitness levels can enjoy.

Teams fundraise in the months leading up to the event to support the Canadian Cancer Society.  On the day of the relay, teams gather with cancer survivors at Rotary Raceway Park in Middleton, and take turns walking laps all night.

Each team keeps at least one member on the track at all times, while all around them the party is in full swing.


$2 Million

About 45 local teams participated in last year’s relay that raised about $163,000. Over the past 11 years, Middleton’s event has raised about $2 million for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Relay For Life is a global movement against cancer, taking place in 20 countries worldwide, including over 500 communities across Canada. From coast to coast, in communities big and small, thousands of Canadians will join together to fight back.

For more information contact Claude at or Dave at or


Organizations: Canadian Cancer Society, Life planning committee

Geographic location: Middleton, Bridgetown, Rotary Raceway Park Canada

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