Starting on Saturday afternoon, going through the darkness of night, and ending as dawn breaks on Sunday morning, Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, has long been an important event for Bedford High School, and the community at large.
To gear up for the May 15 extravaganza, volunteers washed dozens of cars last Saturday. The best people turn up in the worst weather: the car wash and bake sale generated over $650 on one of May’s coldest, windiest days.
The BHS Relay Committee has raised funds throughout the year—helping shovel snow in January and selling bake-at-home frozen cookie dough for Valentine’s Day—among other initiatives to generate awareness and increase Bedford’s gift to the American Cancer Society.
This year’s theme is ‘Glow-in-the-Dark Neon,’ and the committee has planned an event full of activities. There will be a 7-hour musical playlist for dancing and sing-a-alongs; field games on the turf; relay races; movies; crafts, and more.
No individual participant needs to be walking all through the night, but teams are encouraged to have members switch on and off so someone from each team is walking at all times. Volunteer chaperones will be on hand to oversee the event and assure everyone’s safety.
While next Saturday’s weather may be different from last week’s, the volunteers’ commitment will be every bit as strong. Everyone is welcome to participate in Relay for Life, but each individual planning to remain overnight needs to raise at least $150. Participants under age 18 will need a signed waiver. Click this link to download and print the waiver, then bring a signed copy to registration.
As Relay gets underway at Sabourin Field at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 14—in person this year for the first time since 2019—the weather is apt to be different from last weekend’s car wash. The forecast predicts highs in the mid-80s, low humidity, some clouds, with overnight temperatures in the upper 60s, and the possibility of showers before the event ends on Sunday morning.