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Relay for Life in Stephenville cancelled for this year

Despite trying every avenue before making the call, the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life event planned for Stephenville on June 21 will not be going ahead this year.

Deb Jones, co-chair of the steering committee for the relay, said a plea was put out earlier this spring for more people to serve on the steering committee, which plans the relay.

“We had some phone calls and while several people were willing to serve on the steering committee there weren’t enough people to make it happen.

“Lots of others were willing to help out, but didn’t want to take leadership roles,” she said.

Jones said several teams have already started fundraising for this year, so personal contact would be made with all the teams to give them the option of donating the money raised up to now or attend another relay in the region. She said teams are invited to participate in the Corner Brook relay on Sept. 13 or the Port aux Basques relay on June 7.

“We apologize for the short notice, but we wanted to try everything before cancelling the event,” Jones said.

Jones said organizers are hoping to get the event going again next year.  She said the committee will be holding a community meeting in September to see if they are able to recruit enough volunteers for the relay to go ahead in 2015.

“I want to assure everyone the decision to cancel the relay for this year was not made lightly,” Jones said.



Organizations: Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life

Geographic location: Stephenville, Corner Brook, Port aux Basques

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Recent comments

  • Jack
    May 06, 2014 - 06:35

    Why does it seem that every non-profit organization in the Stephenville area are constantly using one stupid excuse after another to cancel important events? First, you have The Rotary Club cancelling the Stephenville Music Festival last year, and now a great organization like the Canadian Cancer Society cancelling the Relay for Life. In the future, if non-profit organizations can't get committees going, they should be able to continue major fundraising as opposed to using foolish excuses like lack of volunteers or no committees. Besides, participants shouldn't be punished for no reason because non-profit organization likes the Canadian Cancer Society doesn't make an effort to recruit volunteers. If there are no volunteers, the event should still go on. As for non-profits in the Stephenville area, no more excuses for cancelling important annual events including Relay for Life and Rotary Music Festivals. Otherwise, it creates a perception that Bay St. George area residents have a bit of a lack of self-discipline. Until the Canadian Cancer Society gets their act together, on behalf of all cancer survivors, shame on them for cancelling the Stephenville Relay for Life.

    • Relay Participant & Organizer
      May 06, 2014 - 16:34

      Jack, if only you knew the amount of planning that has to go into an event like this. I've been on the steering committee in a different community for two years, and it takes at least 15 people to organize the relay for life. I know that the Canadian Cancer Society has made every effort to get people involved to organize this. How can an event in this size happen with no volunteers? It would be impossible! It's also not the CCS that cancels the event, it's the chair or co-chairs that would cancel the event.

    • Stephenviller
      May 07, 2014 - 14:52

      "If there are no volunteers, the event should still go on." How do you expect that to happen, Jack? The local organizing committee and the Canadian Cancer Society has tried to recruit more volunteers. This didn't happen, so the event can't go ahead without the needed volunteers (who put in countless hours of hard work all year). The last thing a non-profit would ever want to do is cancel one of its major fundraiser... That is not the orgaization's call to cancel the fundraiser- It simply cannot occur if the volunteer support is no longer there to plan it. Hopefully by taking a year off, there will be more time to being some new, committed volunteers into the mix to help this event continue its success into the future.