THE YEAR may have just begun but attention has already turned to one of the biggest events in the Kirriemuir calendar - the Relay for Life.
The Relay for Life might be just the thing you are looking for as you aim to keep going with your 2013 resolutions.
If you have vowed to get fit, participate in an event in the community or raise money for a worthwhile cause then this is your chance to achieve all three.
The 2013 Cancer Research UK Relay for Life, Kirriemuir takes place over the weekend of August 10 and 11 and involves teams of between eight to 15 people walking or running round a circuit at Kirriemuir Show Field for 24 hours.
Rhona Guild, volunteer secretary for the Kirriemuir event, said: “This event is open to people of all ages and all levels of fitness so if you fancy it, sign up now!
“The event is organised by local people, takes place on the outskirts of Kirriemuir, involves teams of people from the surrounding area and is supported by local organisations and businesses. As a community event, Cancer Research UK Relay for Life Kirriemuir is hard to beat.”
So far, over 20 teams have already committed to taking part in Cancer Research UK Relay for Life Kirriemuir – and with eight months to go until kick off, the organisers are hopeful of even more teams attending than at the previous event.
Rhona continued: “In 2011, over 550 people participated in the 2011 Cancer Research UK Relay for Life Kirriemuir and everyone had such a good time, many of them have already signed up for the 2013 event. Several new teams have expressed an interest, including a team from Aberdeen, so the signs are looking good for a bumper event.”
Prior to, and during the 24-hour event, participating teams raise funds for Cancer Research UK’s ground breaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
“The teams’ fund-raising plans are still in the early stages but, so far, we’ve heard about a team of ladies who are refusing to shave their legs until the weekend of the Relay, a garden party and a Pink and Blue Sunday Walk,” said Rhona. “In addition, the committee will be holding a charity disco and silent auction on Saturday, March 9, at Kirriemuir Town Hall, with tickets costing £10 each including a buffet supper.”
The Kirriemuir event traditionally starts with a lap of the track by people who have survived cancer and their families.
Rhona said: “This opening lap is a wonderful reminder to everyone involved of just how much of a difference Cancer Research UK’s work has made to so many lives over the years.
“Survivors play a very special part in Cancer Research UK Relay for Life Kirriemuir and we’d like to invite as many Survivors as possible to come along as our guests of honour.”
Tickets for Kirriemuir Relay for Life Fund-raising Disco on Saturday, March 9 are available by calling Rhona Guild, volunteer secretary, Kirriemuir Relay for Life Committee on 07971 454626.
For more information on how to enter Kirriemuir Relay For Life, or to register a team or register as a Survivor, visit www.cancerresearchuk.org/relay, call 0871 641 2602 or call Rhona on 07971 454626.
Registration costs £15 for adults, £10 for over-65s and under-18s go free.
For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 020 3469 6699 or visit www.cancerresearchuk.org