Relay for Life gets a makeover

The Canadian Cancer Society is now introducing a new six-hour event schedule.

Big changes are planned for the 14th annual Relay For Life in Vernon.

The Canadian Cancer Society has launched a new model for the June 11 event which raises funds for research and prevention.

“We’ve heard the feedback from the community, including our dedicated and passionate volunteers that the event needs to change,” said Lori Stevenson, with the Canadian Cancer Society.

The process started last year with the shift from an overnight to daytime event, and the society is now introducing a new six-hour event schedule.

“We’ve heard from individuals, families and businesses that the 12-hour duration makes it difficult for them to participate,” said Stevenson.

This year’s event will be at the Greater Vernon Athletic Park from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Wild West – Saddle Up For the Fight” and will feature a chili cook-off that will provide dinner by donation to participants. Registration will open at 3:30 p.m., with opening ceremonies and welcome at 4:30 p.m. The Survivor Celebration lap will be at 4:45 p.m.

“Our organizing committee is working very hard to bring Vernon the best event ever,” said Stevenson.

For more information, e-mail vernonrelay@bc.cancer.ca or call 250-215-6253. To register for the event, visit relayforlife.ca/vernon