Cathy Hurd and Brianne Anderson are longtime Relay for Life volunteers readying for their last relay. (Photo submitted)

Volunteers at the heart of Relay for Life

The 2017 Relay for Life will be held Saturday (June 3) from 5-11 p.m. at Rotary Bowl stadium

As organizers prepare for Nanaimo’s final Relay for Life, they’re acknowledging those who helped carry the baton all these years.

The 2017 Relay for Life will be held Saturday (June 3) from 5-11 p.m. at Rotary Bowl stadium.

“A lengthy period of local Canadian Cancer Society history will come to an end as the team of dedicated volunteers responsible for its planning bids farewell to Nanaimo’s 16th and final Relay for Life,” notes an event press release.

The event is winding down due to declining participation in recent years.

The final relay “will be an emotional occasion for many,” including for the Cathy Hurd and her daughter Brianne Anderson, who have co-ordinated the survivors’ dinner the past several years. Anderson has been involved in the event for 10 years; Hurd for five.

“I’m sad about this end of an era, not only because it’s been a huge part of my life, but also because having a relay in Nanaimo when it was really busy and buzzing, it was greatly empowering,” said Anderson.

The women expect to remain involved in fundraising for the cancer society.

“I’m sure there’ll be another, brand-new event that will bring everyone together, all fighting for the same cause,” Anderson said.

For more information about the event or to register or donate, please visit

Just Posted

Vehicles crash at Mary Ellen Drive intersection

One vehicle was towed after a car crash in the north end of the city on a rainy Sunday night

VIDEO: Campaign begins to keep Nanaimo Recycling Exchange open

Lease for recycling exchange on Kenworth Road site expires in March

Woman accidentally hands over diamond ring with spare change

Incident happened Wednesday at about 7 p.m. at parking lot near Nanaimo’s boardwalk

Proposed public art installation sparks debate in Victoria

$250,000 sculpture compliments an interactive sound element of First Nations drumming and singing

#MeToo at work: Employers play a role in fixing culture of harassment

B.C. workplaces are getting ahead of being the next MeToo debacle, calling on experts to train staff

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Family suspends search for missing Alberta couple, plane near Revelstoke

Due to bad weather, families of missing Albertan couple say they will resume in the spring

Canadian grocers make $3M per year from penny-rounding: UBC study

Ottawa announced plans in 2012 to phase out the copper coin

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

B.C. anti-hate campaigner finds Google search on his efforts redirects to porn

Text from online news article about Cran Campbell being used to link to suspect websites

‘The Last Jedi’ opens with $220M, 2nd best weekend all-time

As anticipated, the movie fell shy of the opening weekend for J.J. Abrams’ 2015 franchise reboot

2 couples tie the knot in Australia’s 1st same-sex weddings

West Australian couple Anne Sedgwick, Lyn Hawkins have been together for 40 years

B.C. concert promoter bans Nazi symbols at shows

A man was witnessed making a Nazi salute during a heavy metal show at Pub 340

Most Read