Friday, April 9, 2010

Are You Ready To Relay?

Relay For Life is an emotional, inspiring and fun event. It can be an even a better experience for Teams who have planned ahead and are ready to have a great time. You can always refer back to the the Celebrate.Remember.Fight Back Guidebook to make sure everything is set for your Relay.

Over the past few weeks, we've discussed everything leading up your “Relay Day.” To elevate your experience and that of your team members, there are just a few last things that you need to do to have a great time.

Jot down this last “to do” list:
  • Give everyone a job
  • Make a list
  • Get creative
  • Stay all night!

  • Team Captains: Your team needs some R&R. Not Rest and Relaxation just yet, but Roles and Responsibilities.

    When everyone has a role on your team several things happen:
    • Each of your team members feels important – and feels as though he can personally contribute to the success of the team.
    • It makes their experience better – and yours – when everyone has a role.
    • Your team members will be more committed when they know that others are counting on them.
    • It gives everyone a reason to come to the event – and stay at the event.

    • You may want to divide up food items – one person brings chips. Another could bring sandwiches. Someone else could bring beverages. There will be food and other items available for purchase from other teams, but you will still want to have your own snack food at your campsite, too.

      Many of the basic human needs are covered at Relay like water and restrooms, but most Relayers also like to have some creature comforts like lawn chairs, sleeping bags, sunscreen and a tent. And you never know when you’re going to need an umbrella – so bring that, too. And don't forget to bring coolers, snacks, blankets, flashlights and bug spray.

      Throughout Relay there are activities and entertainment for participants of all ages – and those continue long after dark. Be sure that your team is involved in the fun and games. And if your Relay has team sponsored fun, encourage your team to host one of the activities like “Relay Idol”, Mr. Relay, scavenger hunts, face painting, tug of war, a dunking booth – or anything else you’d like to bring to Relay.

      Thank you for your dedication and passion in this fight. Remember, the dollars you are raising will save more lives right here in your community. And that’s certainly something worth fighting for.

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