Relay is at 30% of goal

Published 12:03 am Saturday, April 18, 2015

Covington County Relay for Life is less than a week away and organizers say 30 percent of the goal has been raised.

To date, Relay for Life has raised more than $30,000, chairman Larry Brown said Friday.

Helping raise the funds are 20 local teams, Brown said.

There is still time to participate as an individual or a team, Brown said.

Leading up to Friday’s main event, RFL will hold its bank night on Tuesday at CCB Community Bank, starting at 5:30. The bank night lasts until 6:30 p.m.

Brown said bank night is a time where teams can come in and turn in their over load of cash so it won’t take accountants as long to count during the night.

“It takes a load off of the accountants, so they don’t count money all night long,” he said.

Friday’s Relay for Life event will be held at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds. Ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. with a survivors reception at 7 p.m. The RFL event ends at 11 p.m.

During the event, cancer survivors participate in a survivors’ lap, where they take the first lap around a track to celebrate their victory over cancer. Relay For Life events also recognize and celebrate caregivers, who give time, love and support to their friends, family, neighbors and coworkers facing cancer.

“If you’re a survivor, come out and enjoy the festivities,” he said, adding that caregivers are welcome, too.

Brown said teams need to start setting up at 8 a.m. and be out on the track by 3:30 p.m.

The luminary ceremony start time is yet to be announced.

Brown said all those who are helping put on the event are excited.

“It’s open to the public,” he said. “Anybody from Covington County and the surrounding areas are encouraged to participate.”

Brown said concessions will be available, and all money raised goes to Relay for Life and other organizations dealing with cancer.