Columbia Valley invites Golden to Relay

Relay for Life co-ordinator is inviting Golden residents to join the event in Invermere on June 16.

  • May. 20, 2012 8:00 p.m.

Sheila Tutty

Relay for Life co-ordinator

This year, is the Columbia Valley’s 10th anniversary of Relay for Life and we want to make it a special one. You do not have to be family or a friend of someone who has had cancer, in order to participate in Relay.  Come and join us to help raise research funds so cures can be found for the over 200 kinds of cancer, BEFORE it affects you or loved ones.

The residents of Columbia Valley wish to extend to all Golden and area residents to join us on Saturday, June 16 at the David Thompson Secondary School track in Invermere.

We have made some major changes to our June 16th event. First, and the most exciting, is our early start. In order to facilitate families with children, and working people, we have implemented a start of 3 p.m.  This will enable those that do not feel they can stay all night, the chance to participate.

Our entertainment crew is working at many activities to keep everyone entertained while not on the track. There will be such games as Minute to Win It, Family Feud etc, as well as live entertainment, with lots of stuff for kids.

There is an “after midnight” crew who are very busy planning activities to help those that stay all night.  Your overnight participation is encouraged, but it is not mandatory.

However, there are plenty of tenting opportunities, as well as two parking lots for your trailer, RV or camper.

Survivor chair Terri Lightfoot will be welcoming all survivors and their caregivers to join in the Survivors’ Victory Lap, and then to socialize after in the Survivors’ Tent where you will enjoy beverages and snacks.

If you are a survivor, please make sure that Terri knows who you are. You can contact her via email at or by phone at 250-342-9541.

The more yellow shirts we see at Relay, the better! It shows everyone that cancer can be beaten, and we have done it. Please also register online at

The power point presentation that plays during the Luminary Ceremony features people who have had cancer. If you are a cancer survivor or have a loved one who is no longer with us, I invite you to send a photo and something about yourself or them to me at

Each participant is asked to raise at least $100. The average for our area is $300 per person.  You can use whatever means available to you, and we have lots of ideas to share with you.

On Saturday, June 2 we will be hosting Rally for Relay at the Cenotaph Park in downtown Invermere. This event will include the opportunity to learn more about Relay, register yourself or your team, enjoy a barbecue hosted by the ladies of Kootenay Savings Credit Union, and baking from the Moonwalkers team, and raise money for your team.

We will provide tables and all you and your team have to do, is bring all your unwanted items and sell them in a garage-sale-like event.  All monies you raise can be donated to your team fundraising.

For more information, contact Sheila at 250-342-9059 or email

So come on down, and help us make this Relay for Life the biggest and best to date.

Cancer can be beaten, and you can help.