Team up and register for Relay

WITH 15 weeks until Dumfries and Galloway Relay For Life 2012, you can now sign-up to take part in this unique event which has surprised everyone in recent years with its success.

Whether it’s a group of friends, family or colleagues, men, women or children, everyone is being urged to take part and help make a difference in the fight against cancer.  As a team, people will take it in turns to do their leg of the Relay by walking around a specially designed track at Park Farm, Dumfries.  This is a non-stop 24 hour event with entertainment, music and fun activities provided throughout the 24 hours.  Come and join the 13 teams who have already registered to take part this year.

Participants are asked to set themselves a fundraising target to achieve in the months leading up to the event through a wide range of fundraising activities as chosen by your team, candle of hope dedications and securing donations from friends, family and work colleagues.  Then on 30th June and 1st July all teams will come together at Park Farm to take part in the 24-hour challenge.

Not only are teams of participants essential to this event, but members of the public are also invited to come along and witness Relay in action - support the fundraising activities that are organised by the participating teams and enjoy the live entertainment provided.  In addition Relay For Life requires its special guests – men, women and children who have been touched by cancer as survivors or caregivers to open the event by leading the first celebratory lap of the 24 hours.

Anne Barclay, volunteer Chair of Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life in Dumfries and Galloway, said: “Relay For Life is a great way to spend time with your friends, family and colleagues, to celebrate survivors and caregivers, and pay tribute to those you know who have been touched by cancer, while raising money for a truly worthwhile cause.”

Anne continued: “One-in-three people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives.  Taking part in Relay For Life is about being part of a community united in the belief that it can make a difference and help beat cancer.”

This is the fifth time Relay For Life has taken place in the region, returning to Dumfries after being held in Wigtown in 2011. Since 2008 Relay in Dumfries and Galloway alone has raised more than £232,000 for Cancer Research UK and organisers are asking teams to join with them in aiming to push that rolling total over one quarter of a million in 2012.  Please join in.  Together we will beat cancer.

For more information on how to enter Relay For Life as a team, participate as a survivor or dedicate a candle of hope, contact Anne on 07834 693 420 or email: relayforlife2011@hotmail.co.uk   It is possible to arrange for one of the Dumfries and Galloway committee to come and talk to you, or a group who might be interested in participating.