Thursday April 24, 2014

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Committee members needed for Relay

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The steering committee for Estevan's Relay for Life will likely need a few more members if the relay is to proceed locally in 2014.

Five people attended an organizational meeting late last month, according to Jaimie Bashutski, the community relations manager for the Relay for Life in Saskatchewan. Those five people are still interested in having the Relay in Estevan, but Bashutski believes numerous more volunteers will be needed on the steering committee.

"We're certainly willing to work with the community to host Relay for Life in Estevan again," said Bashutski.

An event chair is among the committee positions that has to be filled.

Five people might be able to plan the event themselves, but it wouldn't be an easy task, Bashutski said.

"They certainly don't want to lose the event in the community, but they need more people to help," said Bashutski.

A steering committee should have 12 to 15 members, she said.

"It just makes the workload a little less, and it makes it a little smoother operation, and not as much of a time commitment for everybody," said Bashutski.

She said there are training opportunities upcoming for anybody who might be interested in joining the committee.

The five people who have already stepped forward understand where the money from a Relay for Life is directed, Bashutski said, and the value of the programs and services offered because of the relay.

The time commitment for a steering committee member would be from about January to June.

A date has yet to be finalized for Estevan's 2014 relay, but it has traditionally been held in the second weekend of June. That means it would happen June 14 and 15.

The next planning meeting for Estevan's relay will happen in the new year, she said.


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