Debbie Courtliff and Jane Hoek from the Canadian Cancer Society Smithers unit.

Daffodil Dash replaces Relay for Life in Smithers

Relay for Life will be replaced by a smaller event called the Daffodil Dash in 2015

A 40 per cent decline in the number of people running the Relay for Life in Smithers has prompted the local Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) to downsize with a new event called the Daffodil Dash in 2015.

Relay for Life has been held in the Bulkley Valley since 2002 however participation has dropped in the past three years.

As a result, the Smithers unit has created a new, smaller event called the Daffodil Dash to encourage greater community involvement.

CCS unit president Debbie Courtliff said the Daffodil Dash would require less volunteer output than the relay, which was a 12 hour event.

“[The relay] was not a set distance but someone on your team would be on the track for the 12 hours,” said Courtliff.

“The new event is a distance event, with choices of 2 km, 5 km and 10 km.

“It is inclusive so people can walk, run and bike their choice of distance.”

Organizers also hope to incorporate a survivor’s luncheon and possibly a silent auction or bar beque.

Scheduled for April to coincide with Daffodil Month, the dash will replace the relay as the main fundraising event for the CCS in Smithers.

Money raised from the events goes towards research, prevention education and support for one of five cancer society lodges that house and feed cancer patients while they are receiving treatment in major centres.

A CCS committee meeting will be held at the Healthy Living Centre this month.

For more information about how to get involved, or to provide planning input, contact the society office by calling 250-847-0230 or emailing smithers@bc.cancer.ca.

 

Just Posted

Bulkley Valley SD 54 superintendent leaving

Chris van der Mark has been superintendent with SD54 for eight years, and has hands full in Cariboo.

Council wants culture centre referendum

Library/gallery gets extra grant scrutiny for passing $10-million threshold.

B.C. chiefs show solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs

Chiefs from around B.C. outside the Coastal GasLink pipeline route in Smithers show support.

The North Matters looks to open Bulkley Valley chapter

Group promoting resource development meets in Smithers.

Cheng² Duo bring 17th century cello to Smithers

Young brother-sister team bring original classical arrangements inspired by some … classics

B.C. opioid crisis to get same world-renowned treatment approach as HIV/AIDS

A program that focuses on treatment as prevention will roll out Jan. 17

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Vancouver Island photographer makes National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour for Marston from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Ex-Liberal candidate in Burnaby, B.C., says volunteer wrote controversial post

Karen Wang dropped out following online post singling out NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

Port authority imposes ban on development around Lelu Island

Following Pacific Northwest LNG, there will be no future projects proposed near Flora Bank

Student rangers sought for Terrace

Young adults interested in student ranger program have until Feb. 24 to apply

Most Read