WITH two months still to go before the teams head off on their 24-hour walking marathon around Kirrie Show Field, Kirriemuir Relay for Life has already raised over £30,000 for Cancer Research UK.
“This fabulous sum highlights just how committed the people of Kirriemuir and the surrounding area are to helping Cancer Research UK,” said Scott Kennedy, volunteer treasurer of Kirriemuir Relay for Life, which is being held on August 13/14.
“The Relay for Life is first and foremost an event for all the community to participate in and enjoy but if we can also raise significant funds for Cancer Research UK, that’s definitely a bonus.”
Scott explained that a major contribution to the funds raised has been the large number of bags containing unwanted clothing and household goods handed in to the Cancer Research UK shop in Forfar and the donation station at Strathearn Funeral Directors in Kirriemuir, with each bag adding another £30 to the Kirriemuir Relay for Life appeal.
“Money is tight for so many people and businesses at the moment but the 32 teams who have so far signed up for Kirriemuir Relay for Life have come up with great ways of raising funds,” revealed Scott.
“The Zumba Wiggle Walkers raised over £1,000 by packing bags at Kirriemuir Co-op and raised another £440 at their disco, Forfar Road Runners held a very successful quiz night at the Plough Inn, while Tracy Henderson of the Auld Stiffies exhibited and sold a selection of her paintings at Springers Café in Forfar.”
As well as the teams’ sterling fund-raising efforts, the Relay for Life committee’s recent disco and charity auction in Kirriemuir Town Hall raised £2,600.
“This will cover many of the costs involved in holding this year’s Relay for Life,” explained Scott. “As a result, every penny the teams raise will go towards funding Cancer Research UK’s work, which has been at the heart of progress that has seen cancer survival rates double in the last forty years.”
Over the next few weeks, Kirriemuir Relay for Life teams will be holding various fund-raising events in and around Kirriemuir, including Linda’s Lovelies and Coupar’s Troopers’ bingo night on June 16 at Kirrie Thistle Social Club, a Candle and Jewellery Party at Paul’s Hair Studio on July 3 and a race night in Northmuir Hall on July 23. And, as there are team members of all ages, Pan’s Pirates will be holding a disco on Friday, July 1 to celebrate the start of the school holidays.
“The School’s Out for Summer Disco will take place in Kirriemuir Guide Hall and will be for eight to 14-year-olds,” explained Pan’s Pirates team captain Elaine Findlay. “It’s going to be a great night.”
Scott revealed that the Relay for Life committee is hopeful of a great day and night when the Relay for Life kicks off at 12 noon on Saturday, August 13, with at least one member of each team staying on the track until the event finishes at 12 noon on Sunday, August 14.
“We’ve got great plans for both on-track and trackside fun, games and music,” continued Scott.
“There will be performances by up-and-coming young bands, as well as Emerald Sunday and Sonnet 65, Rising Young Stars, Strathmore Christian Fellowship and, of course, the heats and finals of Kirrie’s Got Talent. Rumour has it that, although Amanda and Michael may not make the judging panel, their eminent stand-ins will be there!
“It’s going to be a great weekend, irrespective of the Scottish summer weather.”
For more information on how to enter Kirriemuir Relay For Life, or to register a team, visit www.cancerresearchuk.org/relay, call 08716 41 26 02 or call Rhona on 07971 454626. To find out about the teams’ fund-raising events, visit the Kirriemuir Relay for Life Facebook page or look out for notices in the local press.
Donations of unwanted household goods or clothing can be handed in at Strathearn Funeral Directors, 29 Roods, Kirriemuir, between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays, between 10 am and 11 am.