Stephenville Relay for Life in jeopardy

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Event will not proceed unless more sign up for steering committee

Volunteer June Foley works at the Stephenville Relay for Life registration and ticket desk.

The Relay for Life in Stephenville could be in jeopardy if more people don’t step up ito serve on the steering committee, and that’s bothersome to June Foley.

The Stephenville Crossing woman has volunteered on the registration desk for the event for many years.

“From my involvement, I think it’s a wonderful event and one that should continue every year,” she said. “I hope enough people step up to serve on the steering committee.”

A number of people stepped down from the committee this year. Many had made a commitment to see the relay through 2013, its 10th year.

The Canadian Cancer Society says the Stephenville Relay for Life has been one of the most successful in the province, if not the country.

Foley also noted that a relay event in Port aux Basques was spawned from people from that area taking part in the Stephenville relay.

“The Stephenville relay came about as a result of people from Stephenville attending the relay in Corner Brook one year,” she added.

Foley has made many good friends through her involvement with the relay. Some have died while others have been cured of the disease.

“The Relay for Life is an event that should not go by the wayside as cancer touches everyone’s lives,” she said.

Foley lost her mom, Molly Phillips, to cancer, along with some close family and members and good friends. She has cousins who are going through the battle right now.

During the past decade, the Stephenville relay has had 273 teams, including 1,168 survivors, 15,616 luminaries, $644,704 raised and more than 1,000 volunteers taking part.

While it’s anticipated that there will still be plenty of volunteers on the day of the event, people are needed to sit on the steering committee. While the committee was comprised of 19 members, only nine returned this year.

The committee’s co-chair Deb Jones said being part of the organizing committee can be a rewarding experience and builds some lasting friendships.

Jones and co-chair Wanda Griffin are appealing to residents of the Bay St. George area to come on board as steering committee members.

There is a two-week deadline to fill out an application.

She said if volunteers don’t come forward, this year’s relay will not take place.

Contact Jones at 643-1777 or Griffin at 643-6340.

Organizations: Stephenville Relay for Life, Canadian Cancer Society

Geographic location: Stephenville, Port aux Basques, Corner Brook St. George

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  • Jay d
    April 01, 2014 - 20:58

    I know several people that were removed due to the antics of one individual supervisor and her poor memory. 3 student volunteers were given a 45 minute lunch. They were back in 30 minutes. Upon arrival she made a huge scene saying they only had 15 minutes and they were told not to return. With treatment like that I am surprised the relay has continued to run up to this point at all. Poor leadership likely ruins the experience for many would-be volunteers.