Relay report lacked commitment
The Editor, Re: Rebuilding year for Relay, The News, Feb. 21; Thank you for this opportunity to address your readers concerning the upcoming Maxville Relay for Life.
Your recent report on the Relay fails to note the strong commitment that our volunteers, survivors and supporters have championed through their selfless efforts.
Over the years the Relay for Life in Maxville has raised significant funds which have been used to support promising cancer research and vital support services for people with cancer and their families.
Through the efforts of hundreds of local volunteers the Maxville Relay for Life has become synonymous with community and celebrating life. Our Relay is a testament to the hard work completed not only by Canadian Cancer Society representatives, but our board of volunteers and the true heroes of the day – our cancer survivors and their families.
We look forward to building on the event’s solid foundation of previous years and successes of the past by adding more volunteers. Encouraging greater youth participation will no doubt be a strong focus for our organization this year, as the youth of our community bring a spirit and vibrancy to our event that only young people can create. Each year our event brings together teams of family, friends and colleagues to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those who’ve lost their battle and commit to raising funds to fight all types of cancer. This event is truly a community of people fighting back against cancer.
As we continue to move forward in the planning process, we cannot forget the committed group of local volunteers and sponsors who have helped make our event a success. Each year these individuals commit to helping us in our mission to fight cancer in SDG & Prescott Russell, and for that they have our heartfelt thanks for their commitment to this cause. Through those efforts and by capitalizing on the strong relationship the Canadian Cancer Society has with our local supporters, we are confident the 2018 Maxville Relay for Life will be one to remember for the community.
Allison St-Jean Community Fundraising Specialist, SDG & Prescott Russell Canadian Cancer Society See More Letters, Page 5.