The 2011 Bulloch County Relay for Life event is coming up at the end of April, but it's not too late to register a team. Tuesday, captains of 111 teams gathered for an organizational meeting to learn more about the annual cancer awareness and fundraising event April 29.
This is the 18th year of the relay, said regional director Kay Nay. The Relay for Life event began with an overnight rally at Bulloch Academy, but moved to the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds several years ago because the event outgrew the original location, she said.
Melanee Morales, team captain recruitment chair for the relay, was busy Tuesday at Statesboro First Baptist Church, handing out registration forms and fundraising supplies. She noted the annual event will be a little later in the month this year. The dates are April 29 and 30.
"It will be warmer weather, and Easter is later," she said. "We usually try to hold the relay after Easter, to get as many survivors to walk the first lap."
Morales referred to the tradition of cancer survivors walking or riding the first round of the relay, as an honor and kick-off to the event.
The Bulloch County Relay for Life will be a night of fun and entertainment, with teams decorating their "camps" in a "Winning the Game Against Cancer" theme. The campsites will be judged.
There will be a "Reverse Beauty Pageant," where participants will carry large handbags to fill with "votes" (money) in bids to win. There will also be a "Relay Idol" competition, where citizens can enter for a donation. There will also be bands and solo performances throughout the night, Morales said.
Luminaries have long been a popular item for the fundraiser, for sale at $5 each. The luminaries bear names in honor of people who have survived, or lost the battle against cancer.
A new way to honor those who have fought the disease is the purchase of a torch, to be "planted" in the "Garden of Hope" at the Relay for Life. The torches will have plaques with the name of the honorees, and those purchasing them will be able to take them home after the event.
Teams can sign up online at www.relayforlife.org/bulloch, or via Facebook (Bulloch County Relay for Life.) The deadline is March 22.
For more information about forming a team or otherwise getting involved with Bulloch County Relay for Life, contact Morales at 912-764-9468 or Nay at email@example.com.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at 912-489-9414.