Originally created 04/09/06

Relay for Life needs more teams for benefit



Teams are still forming for this year's North Augusta Relay For Life benefit for the American Cancer Society.

"We have 32 (teams) confirmed, and if (any team) wants to sign up, they can up to the day of the event," said Janice Mathis, the chairwoman for the event, which will be from 6 p.m. Friday, April 28, through 6 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at the new Riverview Park Soccer Field.

Teams that have signed up for this year's event range in size from about four to more than 50; however, Ms. Mathis said the average number of people on a team is 10. Teams should raise a minimum of $100 for the American Cancer Society.

While some teams have all of their money raised prior to the start of the relay, some groups take the opportunity to raise money during the event, selling hot dogs, hamburgers or barbecue, she said. Others come up with creative ways, such as spraying outrageous colors on people's hair for a small fee or face painting.

"Last year, my 5-year-old granddaughter came back with pink hair, pink fingernails, Everything was pink,' Ms. Mathis said.

The goal for this year's fundraiser is $56,000.

Throughout the evening, there will be planned activities and live entertainment.

A luminaria ceremony is scheduled for 9 p.m. Luminarias will line the track and cost $10 each, Ms. Mathis said.

She said during the luminaria ceremony, there will be two walkers on the track. One will represent cancer survivors while the other will represent those who have lost their battle to the disease. Each walker will carry a torch.

Also during the fundraiser relay, one-gallon pink rosebushes will be sold for $15 each as living memorials.

Cancer survivors will be honored at the beginning of the relay with the survivors' lap, Ms. Mathis said.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.

WHAT'S NEXT


Team applications for North Augusta's Relay for Life, being held April 28-29, still are being accepted. Teams are asked to raise a minimum of $100 for the American Cancer Society. For more information, call (803) 278-5897 or (803) 279-8944.