Relay For Life Tops Half a Mil
Prince George, B.C. – Once again the community of Prince George has given, and given, and given.
The 24 hour Relay for Life, held at Masich Place Stadium, has netted $535 thousand dollars. It is the only 24 hour relay held in Canada, and nearly 20% of the money came from the event itself. Organizers had already raised 420 thousand before the event started.
Kicking off with the Survivors Lap, and leading into the luminary display last night to mark those who are on a cancer journey or have lost their battle, the event brings together cancer survivors, families and friends with common goals, to raise money for cancer research and to support the Kordyban Lodge.
The chilly damp weather didn’t deter participation, as 112 teams and individuals made up the more than 1100 people who took part in the event.
The real shocker of the event was the winner of the car. For every $500 dollars raised, a person could have an entry to win a car. The winner this year, is just 6 years old! Carter Marshall had raised nearly $2 thousand dollars ( with some help from his family). It’s going to be a while before he can drive his prize (and doesn’t need a booster seat) but Carter chose the blue Nissan Micra, which his parents will be happy to chauffer Carter around in until he is old enough to get a license.
For the past three years, Prince George has been the number one fundraiser for Relay for Life, raising $556 thousand last year.
This year, the goal was $550 thousand, and with donations accepted until August, there’s a pretty good chance they will meet or exceed that goal.
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