Re­lay re­port lacked com­mit­ment

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

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.

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