At the first Relay for Life without rain for five years, more than $66,000 was raised on May 31 for the Canadian Cancer Society.
“It was such a wonderful experience,” said Jenn Smith, coordinator of community giving for the society’s B.C. and Yukon Division. “The generosity of the community, the wonderful stories, laughter and fun… Tears were shed but they were tears of joy and support.”
Fundraising totals for the Cranbrook Kimberley Relay for Life were still coming in this week, but so far the 215 participants in 31 teams raised more than $66,000 for cancer research.
“Our top fundraising team was BDO – Tame the Mane. They raised $16,341; their goal was $15,000. Michael Murphy and Manoj Kaushal put their hair on the line to raise this money,” said Smith.
The top individual fundraiser was Vintee Kaushal, who raised an impressive $8,724. The top youth fundraiser was Bret Race, raising $1,690.
The event was sponsored by Bridge Interiors, Sandor Rentals, Northstar Motors, Western Financial Group, Kootenay News Advertiser, and the Drive and B-104. A crew of volunteers brought the Relay to life.
“The event could not have happened without the Relay organizing committee and their months of work and then it all came together with the hard working day of volunteers. Thank you, everyone!” said Smith.