Mayor Leo Facio (centre) walks along the lagoon during the first lap of the Harrison Hot Springs Relay for Life on Saturday night.

Harrison Relay for Life surpasses goal

Inaugural event a success in every way, with $38,000 in donations

The clouds parted and the sun decided to shine just in time for the start of the first ever Harrison Hot Springs Relay for Life on Saturday night.

About 118 people participated in the cancer research fundraising event, pulling in about $38,000 for the cause.

Organizer Tim Dixon had said previously they wanted to surpass the $30,000 in this event, which was held the night after Chilliwack’s relay.

“It was very moving,” said Harrison’s Mayor Leo Facio at a council meeting Monday night. “Tim Dixon and his organizers and volunteers need a good pat on the back.”

The mayor was part of a team called It Takes a Village, which was one of 12 teams that walked around the lagoon from about 7 p.m. to sunrise the next day. A full lineup of entertainment kept the crowds busy for the first few hours of the event, including Matt Cheverie, Ryan Souliere, Ian Schram and Adam Briscoe. Todd Richard emceed the evening, as well as performing.

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