Inspiring Relay for Life in Swift Current raises nearly $73,000

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Published on June 05, 2013

A total of 105 survivors wearing yellow t-shirts participated in the inspiring Survivor Lap at Swift Current's Relay for Life.

Published on June 05, 2013

A total of 105 survivors wearing yellow t-shirts participated in the inspiring Survivor Lap at Swift Current's Relay for Life.

Published on June 05, 2013

A total of 105 survivors wearing yellow t-shirts participated in the inspiring Survivor Lap at Swift Current's Relay for Life.

Published on June 05, 2013

A total of 105 survivors wearing yellow t-shirts participated in the inspiring Survivor Lap at Swift Current's Relay for Life.

Published on June 05, 2013

A six month long fundraising effort by Bob Moore and Brad Torry came to an end during Relay for Life in Swift Current when the duo completed their successful Shoulders Up For a Cure campaign.

Published on June 05, 2013

Brad Torry put away his razor on Dec. 1 when beginning the Shoulders Up For a Cure effort to raise funds for Relay for Life, and in less than 10 minutes on Saturday he was clean shaven again.

Published on June 05, 2013

A six month long fundraising effort by Brad Torry (left) and Bob Moore came to an end during Relay for Life in Swift Current when the duo completed their successful Shoulders Up For a Cure campaign.

Published on June 05, 2013

Bob Moore parted with six months of facial hair growth at the hands of Herb Butz during Swift Current's 12th annual Relay for Life.

Published on June 05, 2013

Teams of walkers brought plenty of enthusiasm to Swift Current's 12th annual Relay for Life at Riverside Park on June 1.

Published on June 05, 2013

Members of the Flower Power Walkers participated in Swift Current's 12th annual Relay for Life at Riverside Park on June 1.

Published on June 05, 2013

Caring Hands Helping to Cure was one of the teams entered in Swift Current's 12th annual Relay for Life at Riverside Park on June 1.

Published on June 05, 2013

Hope Glows team was one of the teams entered in Swift Current's 12th annual Relay for Life at Riverside Park on June 1.

Published on June 05, 2013

Team Pink was one of the teams entered in Swift Current's 12th annual Relay for Life at Riverside Park on June 1.

Published on June 05, 2013

The SCCHS SLC Ogopogos were one of the teams entered in Swift Current's 12th annual Relay for Life at Riverside Park on June 1.

Published on June 05, 2013

Teams of walkers brought plenty of enthusiasm to Swift Current's 12th annual Relay for Life at Riverside Park on June 1.

Published on June 05, 2013

Tough as Teal participated in their fifth consecutive Relay during Swift Current's 12th annual Relay for Life at Riverside Park on June 1.

Published on June 05, 2013

Teams were treated to an evening of entertainment on the main stage of the Swift Current Relay for Life.

A smaller number of teams did not translate into a lower fundraising total during the 2013 Relay for Life in Swift Current.

Saturday's 12th annual event attracted 19 teams and 198 participants who combined to raise just under $73,000 during the 12-hour relay at their traditional Riverside Park home. While participation was down from the 252 participants in the 2012 Relay, this year's fundraising total is close to the $79,000 raised a year ago.

The Relay kicked off with a group of 105 survivors wearing yellow t-shirts who participated in the inspiring Survivor Lap.

An evening storm fortunately missed the walk site and they enjoyed dry conditions for the entire evening, which helped contribute to a touching Luminary Ceremony which featured 1,200 sold luminaries which lined the entire Riverside track.

The 2013 Relay included some impressive fundraising team efforts, led by Al's Pals who were the top fundraising team at just over $19,000. Others rounding out the top five were: Shoulders-Up For a Cure, $5,983; Cantuar Busy Bees, $6,786; Mom's Minions, $5,581; Hope Glows, $5,450.

The top fundraising team at the 12th annual Swift Current Relay for Life points to a remarkable effort from the community of Shaunavon for their success.

The team Al's Pals, captained by Brooklyn Krause, were the top fundraising team in Swift Current after generating a $18,355 donation.

"I was quite blown away with the support that we received from everyone. I never would have imagined reaching the goal that we did. It was awesome," she said while walking the Relay track.

She pointed out that friends and family from Shaunavon rallied around each other to enter a Relay team in honour of Allen Krause.

"Growing up in Shaunavon I had a great huge group of friends," she said of her 15 member team. "We grew up together. We've been out of school for five years now and we still make an effort to get together. They've been really supportive of me in my journey."

A large total of funds for Relay for Life were memorial donations in memory of her father, but they also raised $1,500 during a charity aAlumni basketball game versus the Shaunavon Silhouettes, and additional moneys came through a raffle basket donated by a family friend.

"It was basically just the support from everybody."

"We started this team in January, and it's real now... I've been preparing myself for a very emotional and inspirational night."

A six month long fundraising effort by Bob Moore and Brad Torry came to an end during Relay for Life in Swift Current when the duo completed their successful Shoulders Up For a Cure campaign.

Moore and Torry put away their razors back on Dec. 1, and six months to the day they shaved their beards after generating a $5,983 donation for Relay for Life.

"We set ourselves a fundraising goal at the start of this. We're pretty pleased with the fact we exceeded that goal. We raised a lot of funds and a lot of awareness around our office and our own social circles as well. People really have pulled together and they have definitely supported this worthwhile cause," Moore said during a lap around the Relay for Life track shortly before he parted with his beard. "We set out to raise $5,000 and we came in around $6,000 this year."

Admittedly, they had been tracking their progress by months, and were counting down the weeks, days, and finally hours before parting with their facial hair.

"We were just discussing a few minutes ago about how eating was going to be just a whole new experience," not have to move facial hair to take bites of certain foods," Torry said. "Tomorrow we're going to enjoy some spaghetti, some wings, ribs, things that we couldn't enjoy in the past."

 

 

Organizations: Canadian Cancer Society

Geographic location: Swift Current, Shaunavon, Riverside Park

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