Volunteers sought for Relay for Life in Kirriemuir

Volunteers are needed for Relay for Life in Kirriemuir.
Volunteers are needed for Relay for Life in Kirriemuir.

Cancer Research UK’s Relay for Life returns to Kirriemuir in August 2017 for the sixth time, marking 10 years of Relay for Life in Kirriemuir.

It was launched last Wednesday with an informal meeting, allowing existing team members to catch up and celebrate the success of the previous years and introduce new teams to what Relay for Life is all about.

Nineteen teams were represented and 10 had signed up within 24 hours of registration opening.

The last Relay for Life in Kirriemuir was the biggest yet, with over 50 teams taking part.

It raised a massive £117,055.51 for Cancer Research UK; this year they are looking to smash their previous records and bring the overall total from all six relays to half a million pounds.

In order to do this they are looking to encourage new teams and previous teams to get fired up for what has been described as Kirriemuir’s biggest and best party.

It’s easy to join – just get together with your friends, family or work colleagues, think up a catchy name for your team, and register on the dedicated website.

The relay is a unique celebration of life and hope which unites communities to help beat cancer.

Teams of between eight to 15 people - of all ages, levels of fitness and from all walks of life - are needed to take part in the overnight fundraising festival at Kirriemuir Show field over the weekend of August 12 and 13, 2017.

Team members take it in turns to walk round a track for 24 hours while everyone else enjoys a wide range of fun activities on offer.

As Relay for Life is non-stop, through the night, those team members not on the track take turns to rest, eat, or sleep in their tents, which are set up close by, or enjoy the vast array of entertainment that is on offer.

As dusk falls, the atmosphere quietens as the Candle of Hope ceremony begins.

The event is the most poignant part of Relay for Life when specially made Candle of Hope bags - decorated with touching messages in memory or in celebration of loved ones - are filled with sand and lit up with candles around the track.

The committee of volunteers is looking for local support in Kirriemuir and the surrounding area to help make it a tremendous success again.

As well as recruiting teams, they are searching for motivated people who want to help.

Keith Hopkins, volunteer Chair of Cancer Research UK’s Relay for Life in Kirriemuir, said: “We would love to hear from anyone who wants to find out more about Relay for Life and how they can help.

“It is a great way to spend time with your friends, family and colleagues while raising money for a seriously worth-while cause.

“Everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer.

“Taking part in Relay for Life is a positive way to be part of your local community and help make a real difference. Cancer Research UK wants to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

“By taking part in Relay for Life and raising vital funds, people in Kirriemuir and the surrounding area can help to accelerate the progress that is being made against this devastating disease.”

For more information on how to enter Relay For Life call Rhona Guild, secretary and vice chair, CRUK Kirriemuir Relay for Life on 07971454626 or e-mail rhonaguild@gmail.com Like them on Facebook at CRUK Relay for Life Kirriemuir or visit cruk.org/relay or call 0871 641 2602.