TOWNSEND — It takes a team of people to organize a Relay for Life.
The overnight event, involving hundreds of volunteers, survivors and participants, raises money for the American Cancer Society.
Senior Kevin Brouillette, organizer of the May 8-9 Relay for Life at North Middlesex Regional High School, loves the cause and believes that people do not have enough support for their needs.
“There are not enough opportunities in our area for communities to come together for an event of this scale, and have everyone come for the same purpose: to help those in need of more support,” he wrote in an email. “That’s why I Relay, to provide those opportunities.”
The student leadership team, Brouillette, Emma Culotta, Becky Manita and Phoebe Hynes, are aiming high. They want to raise $80,000 in 2015 and have 50 teams take part.
Over the years that North Middlesex has hosted the relay, the teams have raised over $700,000, Brouillette said. It has been held at the school for over 10 years.
Most of the teams, and there were about 40 signed up a week before the relay, are made up of high school and middle school students. The teams raise money year-round.
The newest fundraiser at the school involved the assistant principal, Katrina Esparza, who is helping with the relay. If the students raise $300, she agreed to be duct-taped to the wall in the hallway on Friday.
“She volunteered, and is the one who came up with this idea actually,” Brouillette wrote.
During the relay, fundraisers will be held at the teams’ campsites. Throwing whipped cream pies and “arresting” family and friends who must then stay in jail for five minutes or pay a fine are planned.
The leaders have guidance from a staff partner from the American Cancer Society, Brian Shea. Other students from the high school and middle school help with the event, Brouillette said.
Local businesses chip in as well.
The team is working with Hannaford, which, in the past, has donated flowers and food for the cancer survivor reception. The Pepperell Lions Club will loan some event tents, even setting them up, Brouillette said.
Some of the donations are fun. Shepherd’s will provide a bouncy house. A local Perfect Parties USA will supply a few inflatable obstacle courses.
Restrooms at the high school will be open during the event.
In case of rain, the school will open part of the building so the event can be held indoors.
Relay for Life schedule as of May 4:
Friday, May 8
5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Registration/campsite set-up.
6 p.m. Opening Ceremony and Survivor/care-giver lap.
9 p.m. Luminaria Remembrance Ceremony.
10 p.m. Public hours end.
10:30 p.m. Theme Laps including glow lap, piggyback lap, dance lap, purple lap and roller skate lap.
Saturday, May 9
1 a.m. Cake Walk.
1:30 a.m. More games including Tug of War, Game of Thrones Trivia and Extreme Musical Chairs.
2 a.m. Free ice cream.
3 a.m. Coffee shop hour.
5 a.m. Closing ceremony.
5:30 a.m. Clean up and break down campsites.