| Jun 06, 2013

The Relay for Life fundraising event returns to Flinton after a one-year absence, and in spite of forecasts of rain, organizers are hoping the event lives up to the standard that was set in previous years.

Twenty-one teams will share in the 2013 relay, which kicks off with opening ceremonies at about 7 pm behind the Flinton Recreation Centre. Sue Tobia will introduce the corporate sponsors (all local businesses); there will be greetings from Addington Highlands and North Frontenac Councils, and Relay Chair Carolyn Hasler will also speak, and then the keynote address will be delivered by Sherry Tebo, a cancer survivor who has a story to tell.

The Survivors lap will start at about 7:30, and the relay will be underway in earnest.

The general public is invited to visit the relay, and there will be a silent auction and raffles as well, so bringing a chequebook is a good idea. The Luminaries will be set out at 9:30 and the Luminary lap will follow.

As the night wears on a number of other events will take place, including a male beauty pageant and pizza at 11:30 courtesy of John Grand. Breakfast is served at 4:45, courtesy of Northbrook Foodland, and relay will wrap up by about 6:00 am.

The fundraising goal for this year’s relay was set at $70,000 and a few days before the event, Carolyn Hasler said she has “no idea; I haven’t a clue how much money is going to be raised. But I know we’ll have a good time, even if we have to bring an umbrella and raincoat along.”

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