Relay ready to roll!

With Kirriemuir Relay for Life 2011 only a week away, preparations are about to go into full swing at Kirrie Show Field, where the event is being held this weekend.

“The response from the local community has been phenomenal,” said Rhona Guild, volunteer secretary of Kirriemuir Relay for Life.

“Thirty eight teams have already entered, with 550 participants planning to walk around the course throughout the weekend – and there’s still room for a few more teams!”

The Relay for Life starts at 12 noon on Saturday, August 13, with the Survivors Lap of Honour and, for the next 24 hours, every team must ensure at least one member is on the track.

“As well as walking, there will be lots of other things to do,” said volunteer committee member, Iain Gray.

“There’s a full programme of entertainment on both days, including performances by local musical theatre group STARS, Webster’s High School drama group, Showcase The Street, local bands from DD8, including ‘We are the Support Act’ and ‘Sonnet 65’; children’s races and treasure hunt; a balloon race; fancy dress Tug of War; Highland dancing, Zumba, belly dancing, martial art and Body Combat demonstrations; cupcake making; and, of course, Kirrie’s Got Talent.

“For those of us still young at heart, we also have a large bouncy castle and inflatable slides for adults and children.”

Iain added that the entertainment’s not only for participants.

“Everyone’s very welcome to come along to Kirrie Show Field on Saturday and Sunday to cheer on the Relay for Life teams and enjoy the fun alongside the track,” he said.

“After the fantastic support we’ve been shown, yet again, by the people, businesses and organisations of Kirriemuir and the surrounding area, this is our way of saying ‘Thank you’.”

Kirriemuir Relay for Life is a chance to remember those who have lost their lives to cancer – and to celebrate the lives of those who’ve survived.

“As darkness falls on Saturday evening, the Candle of Hope Ceremony at 10pm provides an opportunity to think about loved ones lost to cancer or currently fighting the disease,” said Rhona Guild.

“This is always a special, if very poignant, part of the Relay for Life weekend, especially as cancer touches the lives of so many families.”

To date, Kirriemuir Relay for Life 2011 has raised over £90,000 for Cancer Research UK’s vital work – and more is expected to be collected during the event.

“We’re aiming to hit the £100,000 target,” said Keith Hopkins, volunteer chair of Kirriemuir Relay for Life.

Louise Robertson of Cancer Research UK was delighted to hear that such a fantastic sum has already been raised.

“I would like to thank the committee, teams and Survivors at Kirriemuir Relay for Life for their support of Cancer Research UK,” said Louise. “Everything you are doing truly makes a difference - in these challenging times, your dedication and commitment is truly inspirational.

“To have Relay for Life back in such a wonderful community as Kirriemuir is brilliant news and I look forward to seeing everyone on August 13/14.

“We need people like you just as much as every one of our 4,000 doctors, scientists and nurses who work tirelessly to beat cancer. We receive no government funding for our research - without our supporters, we simply wouldn’t save lives.

“At Cancer Research UK. we want to see the day when every one of those patients who hears the words “I’m sorry... It’s cancer” also hears the words “You’re going to be ok”. We won’t stop until we reach that day. Together, we will beat cancer.”

For more information on how to enter Kirriemuir Relay For Life, or to register a team or participate in the Survivors’ Lap of Honour, visit, call 08716 41 26 02 or call Rhona Guild on 07971 454626.

Donations of unwanted household goods or clothing can be handed in at Cancer Research UK, Castle Street, Forfar (quoting Kirriemuir Relay for LIfe); Strathearn Funeral Directors, 29 Roods, Kirriemuir, between 10 am and 3 pm, Monday to Friday; and at Relay for Life over the weekend.