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Relay For Life returning to Guelph

Popular Cancer Society Fundraiser back after a one-year absence

The Relay For Life fundraiser is returning to Guelph next year.

The event will be held at Guelph Lake Conservation Area on June 8, where teams entered will have a member run or walk for six consecutive hours to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society from 6 p.m. until midnight.

Kaitlynn Barrett, community fundraising specialist with the Canadian Cancer Society, said the event was moved because events beyond their control left the society with limited resources so it was decided to combine the Waterloo and Wellington County events into one event in Waterloo.

"With limited resources, we just weren't able to hold two," Barrett said.

Barrett said that in 2016 the event at Guelph Lake drew 300 people and raised roughly $70,000. Last summer's combined event in Waterloo raised $165,000.

"Wellington County was invited this year and we definitely had people out," Barrett said, but admitted that attendance is always better when it's being held in your own backyard.

She said the return to Guelph Lake is a positive one practically and philosophically.

"Relay For Life has always been more than just a fundraiser," she said.

Traditionally there is music, food and other forms of entertainment with workplaces and families getting together to enter a team, have some fun and raise money for a great cause.

Barrett said it's also important for the Canadian Cancer Society's profile in the community.

More information on the local event and registration information can be found by searching Wellington County on their website.