Brock’s chapter of Relay for Life (RLF) is looking for those interested in a blind date with a book to help raise funds for the upcoming 10th annual relay event.
According to Mikayla Hepburn, fourth-year concurrent education student and co-chair of Brock’s RLF, the idea came from a RLF fundraiser held at McMaster University. The success of the event prompted Hepburn and the 16 other RLF committee members to attempt it at Brock.
Books went on sale Monday, February 10. The last day for the event is today, Feb. 11, 2020. Books are $5 each and the event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Mackenzie Chown A Block where they will have a table set up.
The unique part of this event is that the participant will not be able to see the cover of the book.
“We have books donated from the Book Outlet and some of our own committee members have donated books as well. They’re going to be wrapped up in brown paper with a few descriptive words on it and then people can pick and choose what types of books they like and it is a surprise on the inside,” said Hepburn.
“All the funds we make go directly towards [RLF], 100 per cent of it goes towards that. They do research, and they use it for programs to help families that are dealing with cancer or those who have dealt with cancer,” said Hepburn.
The RLF committee has big goals. They begin fundraising in September and work right up until the event in March.
“Last year we raised $59,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society and this year we are trying to bump our goal up to $75,000,” said Hepburn.
The funds for this event go towards the RLF at Brock, which will take place on Friday, March 27, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. in the Ian Beddis Gym. The Canadian Cancer Society RLF is a twelve hour relay walk. This overnight event is in support of those affected by cancer and raising money for cancer research. Each team must have at least one person walking throughout the night. According to Hepburn, by staying up all night and walking the relay, it symbolizes a person’s journey through cancer. The walk will take place through the night because cancer never sleeps.
If interested, Brock students, their family and friends can take part in the Blind Date with a Book event or join or start a team for RLF. They can register online for $20 at relayforlife.ca/brocku.