Relay for Life kicks off Spirit Week leading up to relay
The Relay for Life of Monroe County organization is holding a Spirit Week of activities and fundraisers this week leading up to its 28th annual relay on Saturday that will be held virtually.
Kicking off the week is continuation of the annual Little Miss and Mister Relay Photo Contest and Cutest Pet Photo Contest. There is still time to enter your child or pet, said Kristen Pilon, a spokeswoman for the relay and the American Cancer Society that will benefit from proceeds from the relay.
The contest is a project run by the Relay for Life team Angels of Hope and Love. Children who were born on or after June 7, 2016, can be entered in the photo contest. Registration is $20. Voting for Little Miss and Little Mister Relay started May 22 and runs through 9 p.m. June 6.
The girl and boy receiving the most monetary votes will earn a family membership to The Toledo Zoo. Prizes will also be awarded to the second- and third-place winners.
The contest and relay are fundraisers to benefit the American Cancer Society. Organizers hope to top last year’s contest, which raised more than $5,200.
For details on how to register a child, go to www.RelayForLife.org/MonroeCountyMI or contact Vickie Waltz at email@example.com or call 770-6085.
Among the fundraisers planned this week is a virtual auction Wednesday through Saturday featuring more than 90 items for bidding. A link is posted on the relay’s Facebook and website pages (www.RelayForLife.org/MonroeCountyMI).
Monday is Mission Monday: Relay supporters can show their support by changing their profile picture to represent the Relay for Life. They can participate by decorating their door in purple, adding purple ribbons or lights to their house or using purple sidewalk chalk or car paint to promote the relay, Pilon said. By wearing purple, supporters and those registered with the relay can add $21 to their fundraising dashboard..
Other special days of Spirit Week are as follows:
Tuesday (Thinking of You is the theme): Supporters can honor cancer survivors and caregivers on their social media by surprising them with a special gift, changing their profile photo or posting photos of the survivors and caregivers in their lives. This challenge nets the relay $21. Supporters can add their fundraising link to all of their posts and use the hashtag #MonroeRelayDayofHope.
Wednesday (Why I Relay): Share a short video telling why you support the relay or wear a past relay shirt. Encourage others to make a donation for someone important in their lives. This activity nets the relay $21. Download the Cancer Society Fundraising app and add your fundraising link to all your posts.
Thursday (Tribute Day): Walk for 24 minutes in your neighborhood in remembrance of those who lost their battle with cancer. Create your own luminaria and display them outside your home. Ask neighbors to join in. Post a picture or video and tag the relay event. Use the digital luminaria bag and post it on social media.
Friday (Finish Strong): Join in a parade of teams and post a photo of your team for the team lap. Get creative and tag your team members and invite them to share their favorite team memory. Share your thank yous to donors and sponsors and tag people affiliated with the society or fundraisers. Encourage team members to finish strong and continue fundraising.
Saturday (Virtual Relay Day): Join supporters for the Passport to Hope throughout the county, the Survivor Hope Parade and a Drive-through Luminaria that starts at 7 p.m. at Monroe County Community College, 1555 S. Raisinville Rd.
The Top 10 persons who raise funds from Monday through June 5 will earn an extra $250 toward their fundraising totals thanks to donations from Meijer and ProMedica Monroe, Pilon said.