ing and the Relay for Life walkathon with the team for six years, one year even going so far as staying up all night for the Relay and then heading off to serve a community brunch in the morning. “Both our daughter and son and all four grandchildren like to come and watch the Relay, and take part with us,” said Mr. Grapes. “Only the first year we were in the Relay was rain-free; it’s rained every time since! But it’s the least we can do,” he added.
Compton’s Laura Enright has been on the team almost seven years and spoke about why she joined. “My mother, mother-in-law and fatherin-law all died of cancer within a very short time. My best friend, who was on the team, asked if I wanted to think about joining. I jumped in. It’s an incredible experience even if you’re not on a team. All the cancer survivors do the first lap. The first time I saw that the tears were flowing. I had lost so many but here there were all these survivors. Along the route there are placards with statistics that keep improving. We can see we are making a difference. That’s why I’m part of it,” she explained.
One of Laura’s tasks on the team is to decorate their team space, a tent equipped with chairs, extra socks and clothing and lots of food, at the Relay event. They choose a decorating theme every year and in the past her team has won twice for “best-decorated space”. This year’s theme is “Superheroes”. “There are so many superheroes in the fight against cancer: the neighbour who brings over a meal; the person who drives you to chemo; the researcher working in the laboratory; the kids at school who are kind when they hear about someone getting cancer,” said Laura.
With a target of raising at least $10,000 before the Magog event on June 15th at Merry Point, the walkathon that this group takes part in, their next big fundraiser takes place this Saturday, May 12th, between 5 and 7 pm, at the ANAF Hut in Lennoxville. “We’re holding a mechoui at the Hut and serving pork, chicken and beef, potatoes, salads. It’s time to give Ma the night off for Mother’s Day!” Laura added. Tickets for the mechoui can be purchased ahead of time from team members or at the Hut. If any tickets remain they’ll be sold at the door.
The group is also selling raffle tickets for a huge array of prizes like a night’s stay at a B & B, breakfast for two at a renoun Inn, wine and gift baskets, coupons for restaurants, bakeries, kayak rentals, bowling and more. “We start drawing the names for the prizes at around ten pm at the Relay. It adds to the excitement,” mentioned Pat.
For more information about Team Hope or to buy raffle tickets or mechoui tickets, call either Laura Enright at 819 835-0559, or Pat Leonard at 819 8291760.