Relay for Life needs team members

Posted By | February 4, 2002 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
Lorie Wright, Chairman of the 2002 Relay For Life, has announced the date for the team kick-off fund raising activities as February 7.
The kick-off event is free to the public, and scheduled to be held at the Sparta Civic Center on February 7 beginning at 5:00 p.m.
“I’m hoping to actually double our teams from last year,” said Wright.
“That’s the reason we’re doing the kick-off.”
As stated in the official materials for the kick-off, 555,500 people died of cancer in the year 2001, and cancer is the second most common cause of death in Americans.
However, it was recently it was announced in the news that obesity may soon replace heart disease as the nation’s number one killer.
The Relay for Life materials also state Tennessee has 12,600 people currently diagnosed with cancer, and estimates are 4,000 will be added to that group in 2002.
“For people who have yet to participate in the relay, there’s really nothing to it,” said Wright.
“A team may be made up of 8 to 15 people.”
Wright explained the function of the teams is to raise money prior to the relay and by hosting a campsite during the relay at the area to raise funds for the cause through the selling of foods and beverages, or the execution of games and activities.
“The whole point of the kick-off is to help the teams form their fund raising strategies,”
she said.
Each team member is required to pay a $10 sign-up fee, and for this they receive a 2002 Relay for Life tee shirt.
Wright said captains of teams already formed should attend the kick-off event, where there will be offered chili, hot dogs, snacks, games, a miniature luminary ceremony and information on the event.
The Relay for Life is scheduled to begin on the evening of May 10, and Wright urges all interested residents to join her on February 7 for the kick-off.
“Anyone interested in knowing more about the relay is welcome to come,” Wright said.
For more information concerning the kick-off and the Relay for Life event, please phone Lorie Wright at 836-2800 or 738-7635.

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