Join the fight to kiss goodbye to cancer

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Relay For Life organising committee members and supporters will tour the island on Saturday to encourage people to join the fight and kiss goodbye to cancer.

The organising committee, chaired and assisted by Nicola Walkingshaw and Debbie Pitts of Dot’s Dream Foundation, hope more teams will sign up to the 24-hour non-competitive walking relay taking place at the NSC on August 23.

Nicola said: ‘The main message of the Relay event is to “Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back” and so we chose a popular superhero theme to go out and meet people.

‘You can come and have your picture taken with our superheroes, and we will be handing out sweets, balloons and stickers with flyers and posters, our bus will have facepainters and music and we want to leave a purple trail wherever we go.

‘We will be running mini relays and kids’ games, dancing in the street and whatever it takes to get people motivated to join us as part of this global movement.’

There will also be information on the event and candle memorial bags for dedication and decoration.’

The open top bus will be in Castletown Square at 10.30am, Port Erin town centre at 11.45am, Peel Promenade at 1pm, Ramsey town centre at 2.45pm, St Ninian’s Lower School at 5.15pm, Douglas promenade (Central and Queens) at 5.45pm.

It will be followed by a social night at the Queen’s Pub, Douglas.

So far 17 teams have signed up. Cancer survivors and children register for free.

There are lots of fundraising and social events including monthly team nights for teams to socialise and talk about fundraising ideas.

There are more than 6,000 relays world-wide for Cancer Research UK. All funds raised in the island go directly to cancer research in the areas and centres that treat Isle of Man patients.

Register or donate online at relay.cancerresearchuk.org

For more details email relayiom@gmail.com or go to the Relay for Life Isle of Facebook page.

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