Painting the island purple to honour cancer survivors

Relay for Life bus tour 2013

Relay for Life bus tour 2013

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The 2014 annual Relay for Life will be launched on Saturday with a round the island Superhero Bus Tour.

Relay superheroes, members of the event’s committee and Cancer Research regional volunteer manager Sarah Peach will all be on board to paint the Isle of Man purple.

The event marks the start of the build up towards the 24-hour non-competitive walking relay at the National Sports Centre track, in Douglas, on Saturday, August 23.

And the bus tour will be the first in a series of fundraising events.

Event chair Nicola Walkingshaw said: ‘The aim of the bus tour is to meet and talk to people about the relay, how they can get involved in entering a team, inviting survivors to be our guests of honour on the day of the relay.

‘Purple is the international colour of survivorship so that’s where the paint it purple comes from.

‘The Tower of Refuge will be turned purple too which will be great.’

Twelve teams have signed up to take part so far – including a mixture of regular and new teams.

Nicola said: ‘It’s great that the Relay bug has really bitten.’

The first stops on the Superhero Bus Tour will stop at Castletown and Port Erin Shoprite stores from 9.30am before stopping at Shoprite, in Derby Road, Peel, at 10.30am.

The bus will then head north to be at Ramsey Shoprite from 12.30pm to 2pm.

It will then head to Douglas, to be at Victoria Road Shoprite from 2.30pm to 4pm.

As well as meeting the superheroes, there will be face painting, children’s games, and balloons.

Sarah will be able to talk to people about the pioneering research and treatments that are carried out as a result of the fundraising.

Finally, there will be a lantern release from The Crescent, over Queen’s Promenade, in Douglas at 5.30pm.

Last year, Relay for Life smashed the £50,000 target set by the organising committee, raising £63,160 for Cancer Research UK.

Money raised on the island go to fund centres, treatment and research which directly benefit island patients.

The event always starts with a lap of honour, completed by cancer survivors.

At dusk, the Relay stops for minutes while candles of hope are lit and line the walking track, signifying hope and remembrance for those loved and lost to cancer.

Registration is open for Relay for Life 2014 at

For more information or to register as a participant or support the event, email

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