The Community 4-H Club Relay for Life participation
Community Fri, Jul 1st, 2022 Shonna Ward
By Shonna Ward The Community 4-H Club has been participating in the Woodstock Relay for Life since 2007. In 2022, the team raised $9,347 and in the 16 years, the team has raised over $162,000 to support those battling cancer and help fund cancer research. At the Woodstock Relay for Life event held June 11th at College Avenue Secondary School, the team members supported the participants of Hope lap, enjoyed playing games, the three-legged race, poker lap and walked the track totalling over 84 miles (135 km). The team participated in the luminary ceremony where they had 88 decorated luminary bags honouring those battling cancer and remembering those who have lost their battle with cancer. The team’s name being ‘Community 4-H Club Back & Ready to Attack’, had the luminary bags decorated with kangaroos with boxing gloves. The Community 4-H Club received the Team Tent Award as they had raised over $5,000 by June 1st and were able to enjoy the event in a tent supplied by the organizers. Others awards were also received by the Community 4-H Club Relay for Life Team & members. Grace Piper received the Top Youth Fundraiser Award; Shonna Ward received the Top Adult Fundraiser Award and the team received the Family & Friends Team Challenge Award for raising the most money. The Woodstock event raised $36,600. The members of the Community 4-H Club Relay for Life Team do not raise the money for the awards. There have been 55 different members on the team, with some being siblings joining as they joined the 4-H program over the years. All the 4-H youth members and volunteers on the team have been affected by Cancer either themselves, a family member or someone in their lives. With sad hearts on July 18, 2019, one of the original team members passed away at the age of 24 after courageously battling Cancer for 16 months. Even though some have graduated the 4-H youth program, some have continued as 4-H club volunteers and others have continued to support the various fundraising activities the team does. It has been nice to get back to some of the fundraisers the team has done in the past years. The funds raised mostly come from the 4-H youth members doing activities with donations to the Community 4-H Club Relay for Life Team. The 4-H youth members and club volunteers have served at food booths, done roadside and park cleanups, catered at meetings and events, stone picking, fence painting, made and sold face masks, sold pop and water, pancake fundraiser, event setup and take-downs, poinsettia plant fundraiser, collected used electronics, pop cans & returnable bottles/cans, and most recently sold rhubarb jam and grape jelly from donated Oxford fruits. They have also collected pledges. Thank you to the community organizations & businesses--Woodstock Agricultural Society & Ladies Auxiliary, Oxford County Junior Farmers’, Woodstock Choralaires, Hickson & District Lions Club, Tavistock Men’s Club, Embro Truck & Tractor Pull, Oxford Holstein Club, Jakeman’s Maple Products, Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, Tavistock Optimists, Country Geek, Farm Credit Canada, Canadian Cancer Society, and Oxford County Agricultural Societies with club display boards promoting 4-H & Relay for Life and to individuals for their pledges to the team. Cancer is expected to be diagnosed in one of every two people with 80,000 people passing away each year in Canada. Cancer does not sleep. To help fund research for cancer and support those battling cancer, you can help support the Community 4-H Club Relay for Life fundraisers. Currently the team is selling rhubarb jam, grape jelly, and year-round collecting used electronics and returnable bottles/cans with proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society. We will be at the Embro Truck & Tractor Pull selling pop & water July 29 and July 30. Please contact Shonna Ward by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 519-854-6919 for further information or to support.