It doesn’t look good for the Stephenville Relay for Life considering the organization doesn’t have enough people this year to sit on the steering committee.
Unfortunately, a lot of the people who served on that committee, which carries out the actual planning and implementation of the event, fulfilled a decade-long commitment and felt they had punched their time.
When getting involved in an organization and setting a goal of a certain time limit, there is nothing wrong with stepping down after giving it your all for 10 years. The only unfortunate thing here is the number that had the same thing in mind. Now the steering committee has nine people left of a group that was 19 strong, and no matter how much commitment a person has, you still need a lot of people to make an event like this work.
The co-chairs, Deb Jones and Wanda Griffin, are quick to point out that volunteers for the weekend of the event are not a problem and the commitment is already there for those people to help out.
The snag is getting another 10 people to serve on the organizing committee for the event.
The Stephenville relay came about after a number of teams from Stephenville decided to join in the Corner Brook relay and came back saying they could make it happen in Stephenville. Some very dedicated people did just that and the Stephenville relay came to be known as one of the best in the province.
The Stephenville relay was unique in some ways in the types of activities it took on and dedicated people — such as Diane Hawco and Corinne Hutchings — who are now deceased, and pushed hard to make it work despite their failing health.
When you think of the relay and the many components of it, it’s those who have gone and those survivors who are with us wearing the yellow shirts year after year that people should be concerned about.
No doubt there are people who question where the money that is raised goes, but when you look at the number of survivors and the people helped through programs like Daffodil Place in St. John’s you know its money being well spent.
June Foley, a long-time volunteer at the event, said the relay needs to continue for a long, long time to come. Those words are true and can best be quantified by 10 more people stepping forward to sit on this year’s steering committee for the Relay for Life.
After all, there are very few people who can say that their life hasn’t been touched by someone — family or friend — who has had or is currently battling cancer.