Fund-raising for this year’s Kirriemuir Relay for Life has got off to a flying start with a magnificent £3,400 raised from a disco in the town.
The event was held in Kirrie Town Hall at the end of January and was the first of a series of fund-raisers in the run-up to this year’s relay.
And interest in the summer event is already high, with 23 teams already registered to take part over the weekend of August 15 and 16.
The organising committee is delighted with the response and volunteer secretary Rhona Guild is hoping to reach the target of 50 participating teams.
She said: “This is the fifth time Relay For Life has taken place in Kirriemuir, and it would be great to beat our previous best of 48 teams and some 508 people taking part.
“Teams can have between eight and 15 people in them, of all ages and levels of fitness. We would love to welcome people who have never taken part before as well as our regulars who come back year after year.
“It’s easy to register to be part of Kirriemuir’s Cancer Research UK’s Relay for Life. You can register online at cruk.org/relay or by phoning 0300 123 1026. Why not come along and find out more at our next team captains’ meeting on Sunday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in Kirriemuir Golf Club.”
Keith Hopkins, volunteer chairman, also encouraged new teams to take part and the public to go along to Kirrie Show Field over the weekend to show their support.
He continued: “Why not make 2015 the year you put your own team together, and really experience the whole event?
“With music, entertainment and organised activities throughout the 24-hour period, this huge community party is a great way to spend time with your friends, family and colleagues while raising money for a truly worthwhile cause.”
Although the relay is non-stop through the night, it does not have to be taxing. Team members take turns to walk round the track singly or in groups, while everyone else enjoys the wide range of fun activities on offer. Most teams have tents or caravans near the track where they can eat, rest, chat and soak up the unique atmosphere of a community event than unites people from all walks of life in a common goal.
Mr Hopkins added: “More than one in three people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives. Taking part in Relay For Life is about being part of a community united in the belief that it can make a difference and help beat cancer.”
Further information is available from Rhona Guild on 07971454626 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, via Facebook or by contacting Keith Hopkins on 07715 052718.