Oak Bay Believers aim to Give Cancer the Boot

Event raises funds and support for Relay for Life, at UVic June 24

Meghan and Heather Roberts invite the community to help ‘give cancer the boot’ at their Relay for Life fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Meghan and Heather Roberts invite the community to help ‘give cancer the boot’ at their Relay for Life fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Meghan Roberts believes she and her team can give cancer the boot.

In fact, the Relay for Life’s Oak Bay Believers team will do just that at a fundraiser June 10 at Monterey centre.

“It’s going to be a really fun, western-themed event and a chance to bring the community together,” Meghan says.

The evening features a home-style dinner, cash bar, entertainment by the Chrissy and Kelly Band, line dancing lessons, door prizes and raffle. Items up for grabs include breakfast for six at the Oak Bay fire hall, a two-night stay at Tigh-na-mara, a sports fan package, a whale watching tour for two and much more.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets, $30, are available at the Oak Bay, Henderson and Monterey rec centres. The deadline to purchase tickets is June 3 and all proceeds benefit the Canadian Cancer Society, through Relay for Life.

The Believers came together initially for the Run for the Cure, which raises money for breast cancer research and programs. This year, with many team members touched by cancer in its many forms, they decided on the broad-reaching Relay for Life, an inspirational, non-competitive, Canadian Cancer Society fundraiser that celebrates life and fights cancer. The event is at the University of Victoria June 24.

“Cancer has been very prevalent in the workplace recently and it’s just been on our minds. It’s a cause that’s near and dear to a lot of our hearts and we came together to show our support,” says Roberts, fundraising co-ordinator for the team.

The Believers is headed by Roberts’ mom, Heather, Oak Bay Parks receptionist. “She’s incredibly passionate about it.”

The Oak Bay fundraiser plays into the western theme for this year’s Relay for Life: “Outlaw Cancer.” At the relay, participants will enjoy music from the County Line, a chili cook-off, lasso contests and more. “This year’s Victoria Relay for Life is going to be amazing,” says Jan Buehler, Team Lead, Annual Giving, Canadian Cancer Society, BC & Yukon. “We know this year’s event will be tons of fun and it’s on the last day of school, so if you are out of school, help us Outlaw Cancer.”

The Canadian Cancer Society family fundraising event provides vital support services for local cancer patients and their families. Nationally, the annual fundraiser raises more than $40 million, while here in Victoria, the 2015 Relay saw 257 participants raise more than $50,000.

Additional registrations are sought for this year.

“Each year an amazing and dedicated team of volunteers helps the Canadian Cancer Society staff put on a fantastic Relay in Victoria,” Buehler says, noting that by joining Relay, participants become a part of the largest cancer fundraiser in the world and help the society to continue to lead the way to a healthier future.Participants also join thousands across Canada in a commitment to fight cancer by raising funds for ground-breaking research and vital community services.

The Canadian Cancer Society provides a range of support services to Greater Victoria residents, including the peer support program, CancerConnection, the toll-free information line, Camp Goodtimes for children living with cancer and their families and access to lodging during cancer treatment.

Roberts urges the community to come out June 10 for a fun evening and opportunity to show their support for those living with cancer and their loved ones.

“Everyone is affected by cancer,” she says. “People want to give back but they don’t always know how. This is a fun way to get involved and have fun while doing it.”

 

When & where

• Give Cancer the Boot, Friday, June 10 at Monterey Centre. Tickets $30, available from Oak Bay, Henderson and Monterey Rec Centres. The deadline for purchase is June 3. For more information, call 250-370-7300.

 

Relay for Life is at UVic’s Centennial Stadium from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 24

Accept the baton today and join Relay For Life at relayforlife.ca.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Construction in Oak Bay is nearly all focused on rebuilding new single-family homes and without secondary suites. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Oak Bay nears regulation of secondary suites

Preliminary report hints there’s no preferred option

Sidney Pier was one of two sites in Sidney as the Netflix series Maid shot in Sidney in late 2020. The show starring Margaret Qualley was one of 38 productions shooting in Greater Victoria. (Bob Orchard/Submitted)
Head of Greater Victoria film commission warns of lost economic opportunity

Kathleen Gilbert said without full funding, region will not be able to attract productions

A senior official with Victoria International Airport says the airport is still researching COVID-19 testing regimes but predicts testing and screening will remain part of the aviation industry even after vaccines have rolled out. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria International Airport researching COVID-19 testing options

Senior official predicts ‘screening and testing will be around long after the vaccination rollout’

Sidney Jon Blair said he would have died if a van and car had collided at the intersection of corner of Resthaven Drive and Brethour Avenue in early December. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sidney senior urges motorists to slow down on Resthaven Drive

Jon Blair said community must become more pedestrian-friendly

Tarpaulin-covered tents sit next to one of the ponds in Beacon Hill Park. The location of the Meegan community care tent has still not been nailed down, as Victoria council rejected the recommendation offered by city staff. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Location of care tent for Victoria’s Beacon Hill campers still not settled

Council roundly rejects Avalon Road site, road’s edge on Cook Street appears the top alternative

A scene from “Canada and the Gulf War: In their own words,” a video by The Memory Project, a program of Historica Canada, is shown in this undated illustration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Historica Canada
New video marks Canada’s contributions to first Gulf War on 30th anniversary

Veterans Affairs Canada says around 4,500 Canadian military personnel served during the war

Williams Lake physician Dr. Ivan Scrooby and medical graduate student Vionarica Gusti hold up the COSMIC Bubble Helmet. Both are part of the non-profit organization COSMIC Medical which has come together to develop devices for treating patients with COVID-19. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Group of B.C. doctors, engineers developing ‘bubble helmet’ for COVID-19 patients

The helmet could support several patients at once, says the group

A 17-year-old snowmobiler used his backcountry survival sense in preparation to spend the night on the mountain near 100 Mile House Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 after getting lost. (South Cariboo Search and Rescue Facebook photo)
Teen praised for backcountry survival skills after getting lost in B.C.’s Cariboo mountains

“This young man did everything right after things went wrong.”

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole holds a press conference on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on December 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
No place for ‘far right’ in Conservative Party, Erin O’Toole says

O’Toole condemned the Capitol attack as ‘horrifying’ and sought to distance himself and the Tories from Trumpism

A passer by walks in High Park, in Toronto, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. This workweek will kick off with what’s fabled to be the most depressing day of the year, during one of the darkest eras in recent history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
‘Blue Monday’ getting you down? Exercise may be the cure, say experts

Many jurisdictions are tightening restrictions to curb soaring COVID-19 case counts

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
COVID-19: Provinces work on revised plans as Pfizer-BioNTech shipments to slow down

Anita Anand said she understands and shares Canadians’ concerns about the drug company’s decision

Tourists take photographs outside the British Columbia Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday August 26, 2011. A coalition of British Columbia tourism industry groups is urging the provincial government to not pursue plans to ban domestic travel to fight the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. travel ban will harm struggling tourism sector, says industry coalition

B.C. government would have to show evidence a travel ban is necessary

(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
‘Targeted’ shooting in Coquitlam leaves woman in hospital

The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries in what police believe to be a targeted shooting Saturday morning

Everett Bumstead (centre) and his crew share a picture from a tree planting location in Sayward on Vancouver Island from when they were filming for ‘One Million Trees’ last year. Photo courtesy, Everett Bumstead.
The tree-planting life on Vancouver Island featured in new documentary

Everett Bumstead brings forth the technicalities, psychology and politics of the tree planting industry in his movie

Most Read