Smithers Relay for Life going ahead in 2014

Thanks to a push from those who remain on the committee, it looks like the Smithers fundraiser is back on track.

There will be a Relay for Life in Smithers in 2014.

After more than 10 years of holding the fundraising event, some volunteers, many who had been involved since the very beginning, were burnt out and the ability to run a Relay for Life event next year was in question.

Thanks to a push from those who remain on the committee, it looks like the Smithers fundraiser is back on track.

The Smithers Relay for Life committee held an information session last week and signed on four new volunteers to help out with the 2014 event, said Michelle Taylor, Canadian Cancer Society community giving coordinator for northwest B.C.

“We had some positive feedback and some positive discussions,” she said.

The committee will be taking a bit of a break over the holiday season but come January, will be actively recruiting volunteers and sponsors again.

“We’ll do more outreach into the community again in the new year, looking for volunteers and touching base with those who have indicated an interest in helping out,” Taylor said.

Numerous roles still need to be filled, requiring varying amounts of commitment, said committee co-chair Katherine Dow.

“What’s nice about Relay is there are so many aspects to it, so you’re easily able to find a role that you’ll enjoy and that fits your strengths,” she said.

“So if you’re not a huge fan of organizational work, there are a handful of other things that you can do. Really the only requirement is a passion or an interest.”

Similar to many others on the organizing committee, Dow also has a personal connection with cancer as her step-mother is a two-time survivor.

“It’s pretty hard to find someone today that hasn’t had some presence of cancer in their lives, and that’s what’s very special about Relay – it isn’t restrictive to one type,” Dow said. “It’s a uniting event and the money is used to help people here.”

For more information or to volunteer for the Smithers Relay for Life, email Michelle at


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