Recycle and help raise funds for Relay for Life

Organisers of the 2013 Cancer Research UK Relay For Life Kirriemuir have come up with another simple but effective way everyone in the local area can help raise funds for Cancer Research UK – recycling empty print cartridges and old mobile ‘phones.

As they prepare to hold a team captains’ meeting in Kirriemuir Golf Club next Monday evening, Rhona Guild, volunteer secretary of the Kirriemuir Relay For Life committee, revealed details of their latest fund-raising venture.

She said: “The recycling company is giving Relay for Life Kirriemuir 50 per cent of the recycling value for all mobile phones, £1 for each original empty inkjet cartridge and up to £5 per empty laser/toner cartridge. This is an excellent way to fund-raise without actually having to do anything other than recycle these items.”

Ink cartridges and mobile ‘phones can either be handed to committee members or popped into one of the special collection boxes in Paul’s Hairdressers in Reform Street, Kirriemuir and Thrums Vets, Kirriemuir.

Any other shops, workplaces or organisations which would like a collection box should contact Rhona on 07971 454626.

As part of the fund-raising efforts in the Kirriemuir area to support Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work, the Kirriemuir committee is holding an over-18s disco in Kirrie Town Hall on March 9. Tickets cost £10 each (available from Rhona) which includes a disco, live music from Sonnet 65 and a light supper; there will also be a bar and a charity auction.

Rhona stressed the disco isn’t only for those who will be participating in the Relay.

She continued: “The disco is one of the highlights of the pre-Relay For Life preparations but, as with the Relay For Life Kirriemuir, it’s very much a community event.”

To date, almost 20 teams have signed up for Relay For Life Kirriemuir, with another 70 having registered their interest in the event, which is taking place over the weekend of August 10/11 at Kirriemuir Show Field.

“This is a fabulous figure at such an early stage in proceedings but we’re also keen to encourage survivors to sign up,” continued Rhona, who explained registration is free for survivors - Cancer Research UK’s term for anyone who has been directly affected by cancer, whether currently, recently or in the past.

The opening lap of every Relay For Life is undertaken by survivors and their loved ones and, as a thank you for their participation, survivors enjoy VIP treatment throughout the event.

The team captains’ meeting on Monday begins at 7.30 p.m. and even if your team has not made a definite decision about participating, you are invited to send along a representative.

Rhona concluded: “And if you would like to take part but are worried about finding enough people for a team – which can consist of anything from eight to 15 people – don’t worry. Come along to the meeting and we will put you in touch with others who don’t have a full team.”

For more information on Kirriemuir Relay For Life visit www.cancerresearchuk.org/relay, call 0871 641 2602 or call Rhona on above number.