The hard work of many came to fruition in a lively community gathering on Saturday, May 31. Community members look forward to the Relay for Life event each year and this year did not disappoint. So far, a little over $71,000 has been raised. Westmoreland Relay for Life director Charles Self commented that this had been an amazing year. Having been director for five years, Self stated, “Westmoreland has been blessed to have success all five years I have been here, but I have heard people say it has always been successful.” He noted that this is due in part to good support from the community, the large number of returning teams and the same people coming back year after year. He said that although many people might not know it, Relay for Life is a big event in Westmoreland. This money comes from the money raised at the relay event and the individual work teams have done to raise money before the event. Teams do most of the fund raising before the relay and the event serves as a day of celebration. Along with walking, those attending enjoyed music, food and socializing. Teams will continue to raise money until the close in August.
Also making this year a special one, teams from Essex joined with teams from Westmoreland for the event. There were 26 total teams, over 400 participants and almost 200 cancer participants.