The Nelson Star has challenged local radio station 103.5 FM The Bridge in the upcoming Relay for Life.

The Nelson Star has challenged local radio station 103.5 FM The Bridge in the upcoming Relay for Life.

Nelson Star throws out a Relay for Life challenge to businesses

The Nelson Star has registered a team in the Relay for Life and are challenging other businesses to also get involved.

The Nelson Star has registered a team in the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and are challenging other businesses to also get involved.

Already 103.5 The Bridge has taken up the Star’s challenge and have also entered a team.

“We thought some friendly media rivalry would help to raise awareness so we challenged the radio station to enter a team too,” said the Star’s operations manager Karen Bennett. “It’s a great opportunity for the community to get together and have fun while supporting a great cause.”

The Nelson Relay for Life takes place on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Lakeside Park.

“I think it’s important for people to realize that although the relay runs for 12 hours, individuals do not have to commit to the entire day. We have a team of nine and are taking shifts throughout the day,” said Bennett.

The Nelson Star team is hoping to raise $1,000 and is challenging other business teams to surpass their goal.

“We thought a little friendly competition might help encourage others in the community to get out,” said Bennett. “Several years ago there were a lot more business teams entered but those entries have fallen off in recent years. It would be great to see those numbers increase once again.”

Nelson is one of more than 50 locations around Canada participating in the 2012 Relay for Life.

“Every dollar helps those fighting cancer and contributes towards the ongoing research for a cure. Why wouldn’t you want to participate?” said Bennett.

There are currently 15 teams participating in the Nelson 2012 Relay for Life.

For more information about the Relay for Life visit relaybc.ca and click on the Nelson location.