Ramping up for Relay

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Fanshawe's first-ever Relay For Life is just a few days away, and organizer Adam Gourlay couldn't be more excited.

The Relay For Life is an event that raises money for the Canadian Cancer Society. The Fanshawe Student Union's relay will take place indoors in Forwell Hall beginning at 7 p.m. on March 24 and will run until March 25 at 7 a.m. Breakfast will be provided for the participants after the Relay is finished.

“Our theme is FSU Cancer, without the S — Tiffany Kicks (Front Office Support of the FSU) came up with that. She's one of our Luminary Chairs,” said Gourlay, who is currently the FSU's VP Athletics and Residence Life.

“The night's coming together — we have yoga, we have video games, we're going to have movies,” he said. The event will also include live entertainment, snacks and more. “All of our events are coming together, like the luminary ceremony, the survivor reception, the survivor ceremony, our victory lap.” So far around five cancer survivors have signed up, and Gourlay is still looking for more.

He is also looking for more teams to sign up to run the Relay. So far, between six and eight teams have signed up. “We are expecting $1,000 per team. There's a $10 registration fee, and (each team member is expected to) raise $100,” said Gourlay. “We are hoping to get somewhere around 15 teams, but we want more.”

Gourlay is feeling “very good” about the campaign goal of $12,000. “We set it very high ... we wanted to set the bar high.” The team has already been raising money with a Cover Up Cancer wall in Forwell Hall and by selling luminaries that will light up the Relay path.

To register a team for Relay, sign up online by heading to relay.cancer.ca (click Ontario, scroll down to Post-Secondary School Events and select Fanshawe College, then Join or Create a team).