The Union Recorder

October 29, 2012

Relay kicks off 2013 event with banquet

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder


Team captains, cancer survivors and community volunteers are invited to kick off the 2013 Baldwin County Relay for Life campaign next month.

Scheduled at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the Baldwin High School Fine Arts lobby, next year’s Relay theme is “Lights, Camera, Relay.”

“This will be the opening of the Relay season for us. We are inviting all of our past team captains and survivors. Anybody who is interested in participating or having a team for Relay for Life is invited to attend also,” said Pam Tindal, chair of the local Relay. “We like to do a theme every year where people can decorate their tents and have team shirts and costumes. This year we decided to go with the ‘Lights, Camera, Relay’ theme to give teams more flexibility of how they can decorate and raise money for their team. They can pick a movie or movie opening event like the Oscars.”  

During the first Relay meeting, a presentation about the event will be given as well as a meal prepared and served by students in the CTAE class at Baldwin High School as part of their community service.

“We will honor achievements from all teams from last year. We will also have a mini luminaries ceremony to honor and remember all those who fought cancer,” Tindal said. “It’s a celebration, but also a remembrance and call to fight back against cancer.”

The annual Relay event is an organized, overnight community fundraising walk where teams of people and individuals camp out around a track. Members of each team take turns walking around the track while those in attendance enjoy food, games, activities and socializing during the family-friendly event to raise funds and awareness for the fight against cancer. At this year’s Baldwin Relay event, held in the spring, more than $128,000 was raised and 58 teams were attracted, including all the schools in the district and several organizations from Georgia College. 

“So far we have 22 teams registered and 43 participants, [raising $465 so far]. We’re looking for many more; we would like to have at least 65 teams and more than 600 participants. Our goal is to raise $135,000,” Tindal said Monday. “Sponsorship packets will be going out very soon to area businesses.”

Relay for Life teams are scheduled to be at the Milledgeville Mall Nov. 10, 17 and 24 selling crafts, baked goods and holiday items to raise money for the fight against cancer.

Next year’s Relay event is slated to be begin at 6 p.m. April 12 and continue through 7 a.m. April 13 at the Baldwin Braves Field.

For more information about the local Relay event or to volunteer, contact Tindal at (478) 454-8490, e-mail or visit


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