MARYSTOWN, N.L. – The Burin Peninsula Relay for Life raised over $35,000 in support of the Canadian Cancer Society on Saturday, June 23.
The fourteenth edition of the event saw 13 teams congregate at the Marystown Track and Field Complex.
Throughout the day some of the activities included themed laps, entertainment and draw prizes.
At dusk, more than 1,600 luminaries stretched all the way around the track – a ceremony that serves to remember loved ones who have been lost to cancer as well as to honour those currently battling or who have defeated the disease.
Gavin Hynes also had his head shaved in support of the event during the day, bringing in roughly $750. The 14-year-old had been growing his hair for a year and a half in anticipation of the event.
A luncheon for cancer survivors was also held at the Marystown Hotel and Convention Centre earlier in the day with more than 100 individuals in attendance. Guest speaker Geoff Lomond delivered a moving account of his and his family’s encounter with cancer during the event.
The luncheon was sponsored by the Town of Marystown in conjunction with the Kinette Club of Marystown.