EASTERN WAKE COUNTY — East Wake Relay for Life officials plan to hold a kickoff meeting Thursday, aligning the Olympic theme of this year’s Relay with start of the 2014 Winter Games.
It will be a chance for new teams and team members and those who have participated in the past to commit to being champions of the local fight against cancer. Event chair Vickie Curtis said her organization relies heavily on those types of people.
“Relay is only as successful as its community supports it,” Curtis said. “We need former teams to return and be active and we need new, fresh teams to continue to energize the event going forward.”
The kickoff will begin at 6:45 p.m. in the small fellowship hall at Wendell Baptist Church. It will consist of a brief review of dates and deadlines for upcoming events, light refreshments and a heavy dose of games to keep everyone in the spirit of competition.
Curtis said the kickoff will serve as a good gauge for how much recruiting of teams and team members is needed.
Twenty teams participated in last year’s Relay. As of Wednesday there were 14 teams, including 13 returning and one new group.
Curtis acknowledged it isn’t uncommon for teams to register later in the cycle, but the American Cancer Society wants the East Wake Relay to have 25 teams – 20 returning and five new.
“We want it to be a successful event and it takes teams to be successful,” Curtis said. “We want to show our eastern Wake survivors and families of cancer patients that we support them, not just financially through donations but also through our show of presence that we are fighting for them and with them.
“Participating in Relay is an excellent way for folks in eastern Wake County to show that support.”
The 2014 Relay theme is “Rings for Hope.” This year’s event is set for May 30-31 at Five County Stadium. Several notable items are on the agenda leading up to the event.
Cancer survivors need to be registered by April 3 in order to receive an invitation to the May 8 survivor dinner. April 3 is also the deadline for sponsors to have their names included on this year’s relay T-shirt.
Team members who want a T-shirt must be registered online and have raised $100 by April 17.
The 2013 East Wake Relay for Life came up just short of its $113,000 goal. This year, the goal is set at $114,500.
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