Arbroath Relay for Life

Members of the Dirty Habits team enjoying the warm up at the Relay for Life.
Members of the Dirty Habits team enjoying the warm up at the Relay for Life.

With Arbroath Relay for Life organisers set to declare the fund-raising total for 2015 at a celebration on Saturday night, Relay Chair Ian Angus has announced the date for next year’s event.

He said: “Relay for Life 2016 will take place on September 17, 18 and fund-raising is already under way with a successful Halloween night hosted by Pistols & Petticoats last weekend and the ever-popular Silverwellies Bingo night this Friday.”

The committee is meeting next week to kick start planning for what will be the tenth Relay for Life in Arbroath. Given the significance of 2016, they are aiming to make this one really special.

Ian continued: “Team captains and committee members are buzzing with loads of great new ideas for what is already looking like an extra special weekend. We now have the date and teams have been submitting suggestions for the theme which will be voted on and announced quite soon. We know from previous years that participants really embrace the theme and will go the extra mile with their outfits and team banners.”

“We were the only Relay in Scotland this year to be bathed in sunshine over the whole weekend and that helped to create a carnival atmosphere. We raised a lot of money on the day and the total has swelled considerably from the interim total, announced on September 20, so prepare to be amazed when we announce the total on Saturday night.”

Relay for Life highlights the local dimension of what is a national and international campaign to find a cure for cancer. While Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity, there is a direct local link through the £4 million invested annually at the CRUK research facility in Dundee.

Ian explained: “There are many local people who have reason to be grateful for the cutting edge research undertaken there and at the other labs in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. I know that our own family circumstances would be radically different without the ground-breaking discoveries made by CRUK scientists.”

Ian concluded: “Relay is a festival of fun combined with the bittersweet survivor’s lap of honour and the poignancy of the candle of hope ceremony on a day that serves up a rollercoaster of emotions. It is an experience not to be missed. It is also the culmination of a year’s fund-raising by our teams and I would like to pay tribute to them for the great work they are doing. Every pound raised is a step closer to beating cancer!”