Volunteers with the Yadkin Relay for Life event are preparing to celebrate their year end and kick off their new fundraising year.
Relay for Life is the annual fundraising walk for the American Cancer Society that illustrates the message “cancer never sleeps” by asking teams to keep one participant walking on a track during an over night event. The event’s founder, Dr. Gordon Klatt, passed away just last month and local organizer Allison Reeves said that has given the group even more motivation to continue the fight.
“We’re all still very passionate about this, because it affects all of us,” Reeves said. “And we know the future of this disease is pretty much in our hands.”
The Yadkin Relay event took place this year in May at Forbush High School where participants camped out around the track and enjoyed music, games and fun, all while raising money for cancer research and honoring those who have battled the disease. The event is more than just 24 hours of fun on the track, Relay is a year-long commitment for many who volunteer.
On Monday at 6 p.m., volunteers and team members will gather at the West Yadkin School cafeteria to celebrate the success of their fundraising year and begin preparations for the new year.
All teams will be recognized and honored, Reeves said, and the top three teams and top three individual fundraisers will receive special awards.
Though they did come up shy of their goal this year, Reeves said they are still proud of the more than $97,000 that was raised this year.
Recruiting additional volunteers to fundraise and promote Yadkin Relay for Life is a big goal for the group now.
“We’re realizing that we need more people to do some instead of less people doing so much,” Reeves said.
The group already has added several new committee members, but hopes to continue to boost participation as they head into the 2015 fundraising year and begin preparations for the 2015 Relay for Life walk next May.
“We’re thrilled because we have at least seven new ones so far on our planning committee which can make a huge difference in the event,” Reeves said. “My goal is to get us up to 30 people, to get all our spots filled and to have each role filled with sub-committee members so that they’re working as a team and it’s easier for everybody.”
Another exciting addition that will be coming to this year’s Relay calendar is a Bark for Life that will offer dog lovers a chance to show off their beloved four-legged friends and raise money for cancer research. Reeves said this is a first for Yadkin County Relay and excitement is already growing.
For more information about joining the planning committee, starting a Relay for Life team or donating, contact Allison Reeves at 336-428-1410 or for upcoming events and updates, visit the Relay for Life of Yadkin County Facebook page.
Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.