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.