CWDHS takes on Relay for Life

Centre Wellington District High School has taken over the Fergus instalment of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life this year.

The entire school kicked off the event on March 3 with a rally introducing the relay and encouraging students to participate, explained teacher Mary Johnston.

This is the school’s first time organizing the event, which was previously held at Victoria Park and the Sportsplex in Fergus.

The 2017 event is set for May 12 from noon to 10pm.

“It’s usually 12 hours but we don’t want to have an issue with neighbours and such,” Johnston said. “So we’re going to end it at 10.”

The relay will be held at the Centre Wellington District High School field and track and there will be other events taking place such as face painting, paint fights, Zumba, yoga, Sports, a tug of war and more. However, one team member must be on the track at all times.

Student organizers also announced a new prize, the CW Cup. The winning team must have a great team theme, positive and supportive energy, active participation, and a number of wins in other activities taking place throughout the day.

The fundraiser is taking place at the school, but Johnston said anybody from the community can participate.

“They can register as an individual or as a team and come and participate for as long as they can,” she said.

The school has already reached 22 per cent or $6,765 towards its $30,000 goal for the Canadian Cancer Society, with money going towards research and  patient transportation and  support.

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