WITH spring finally on its way, people in the Kirriemuir area are being encouraged to add their names to the ever-increasing list of those who have already signed up for the 2011 Kirriemuir Relay for Life.
The event is to be held over 24 hours on August 13/14 at Kirriemuir Show Ground, East Muirhead of Logie, Kirriemuir.
“Entering our local Relay for Life provides everyone with a great opportunity to take part in a fantastic overnight community festival while supporting a very worthwhile cause – raising awareness and funds to help Cancer Research UK fight the battle against cancer,” said Rhona Guild, volunteer secretary of Kirriemuir Relay for Life Committee.
“We see Relay For Life predominantly as an opportunity for the local community to have a fun, affordable weekend, raise awareness of cancer and celebrate the increasing numbers of people who recover from having cancer, while also remembering those we have lost.”
Rhona explained that, throughout the 24-hour period of the Relay for Life, at least one team member has to be walking around the track, with teams consisting of anything from eight to 15 members, who can be of all ages and all levels of fitness, although the team captain must be a minimum age of 18.
“Contrary to any misunderstandings, entering a team’s not expensive,” stressed Rhona.
“And, other than the team member entry fees of £15 each for adults, £10 each for over 65s and £5 each for under 18s, there’s no stipulated amount to raise. We don’t want the fear of fund-raising to deter anyone from participating, especially as team entry fees alone significantly boost Cancer Research UK funds.”
Rhona explained that one easy way to raise additional funds for Kirriemuir Relay For Life is by handing in unwanted clothes and household goods to the Cancer Research UK shop in Forfar. “Relay for Life is credited £30 by Cancer Research UK for each bag donated so this is a great way for teams to kick off their fund-raising,” added Rhona.
“Arrangements are currently being made to ensure that people who find it difficult to get to Forfar can still donate unwanted household items and clothing,” continued Rhona.
“Once these arrangements have been finalised, we’ll inform the local press where donation bags can be dropped off so, when you’re doing your spring cleaning, please keep Kirriemuir Relay For Life in mind as this helps to ensure the best possible use is made of good quality but no longer required items.
“Meantime, if anyone requires collection of goods, please call me on 07971 454626.”
Rhona also explained that Kirriemuir Relay for Life Committee is holding a disco and charity auction in Kirriemuir Town Hall on Saturday, May 21 for team members, friends and family – and anyone who would enjoy a night out while also raising funds for Cancer Research UK.
“We held a similar event last year which was a great success,” said Rhona. “Tickets cost £10, which includes a light supper, and can be reserved by contacting me on 07971 454626.”
For more information on how to enter Relay For Life, or to register a team, visit www.cancerresearchuk.org/relay or call 08716 41 26 02 or call Rhona Guild, volunteer secretary, on 07971 454626.