More than 400 participants and 37 teams are gearing up for the fourth Isle of Man Relay for Life.
The 24-hour non-competitive relay, sponsored by Celton Manx, starts at midday on Saturday next week (August 24).
It raises funds for Cancer Research UK, now an Isle of Man registered charity, and money raised will go towards centres, treatment and research which directly benefits island patients.
Event chairman Nicola Walkingshaw said: ‘Relay is such a great event, and so it was a tough job to think of ways that it could be improved.
‘We decided as a committee an inclusive, community style family fun day would be the way to do that. So not only the teams, but the whole of the island community can come down and be part of Relay.’
A VIP reception for cancer survivors will follow the opening lap of honour for cancer survivors to start the event.
Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood and Bill Mummery of Celton Manx will oversee the opening ceremony and the start of the Relay.
At a ‘fun day’ from noon until 5pm, entertainment will include an aerobics warm up, pilates and yoga classes, and a space hopper race.
Adults can treat themselves to a massage, and kids can have their faces painted, watch Cookie the Clown, or take part in activities including a mini relay, treasure hunt, and craft activities. A Big Relay Duck Race starts at 4.30pm.
Stalls and refreshments will sell purple ice cream, scones and popcorn.
Dot Tilbury will host a ‘Miss Relay’ pageant for the teams.
At dusk, the Relay stops while candles of hope are lit and line the walking track, signifying hope and remembrance for those loved and lost to cancer.
A minute’s silence will be kept in remembrance.
Anyone can dedicate a candle in return for a donation.
The evening will see a movie night, and hot chocolate and cookies, and the following morning a closing ceremony including entertainment from Sambamann and prize presentations at noon at the close of Relay.
Awareness chairman Becky Smith has lined up some important resources in a separate area: ‘We are really lucky to be joined by Ruth Stafferton, a senior Cancer Research UK nurse, and we have coordinated a lot of health and cancer awareness information from both Cancer Research UK and many local cancer help charities which will be on display.’