Relay For Life moves forward throughout Nova Scotia

10 June 2013

Halifax -

An eminent rain storm couldn’t keep participants away from Relay For Life in Halifax on Friday evening, but when organizers opted to shut down the event due a to a bomb threat lodged with a 911 dispatcher , everyone evacuated for their own safety.

“The Canadian Cancer Society’s foremost concern was the safety of the Relayers. The Society exists to support and protect life and we could not in good faith continue Relay For Life when there was potential for participants to be harmed,” said Barbara Stead Coyle, CEO, Nova Scotia Division, Canadian Cancer Society.

The bomb threat called in was not specifically leveled at the Canadian Cancer Society or Relay For Life. The threat alluded to a Boston Marathon type bombing.

Stead Coyle added, “Because Relay For Life was the only large scale event happening in the city at the time we made the prudent decision to evacuate the Commons as a precaution.”

As this threat was not specifically leveled at the Canadian Cancer Society or Relay For Life, there is no reason to believe that other Relay For Life events taking place throughout the province over the next two weeks will be targeted.

“It was very difficult to see the work of our volunteers come to such an abrupt end. They have poured their heart and souls into making this event memorable for participants and survivors, and now it will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. Fortunately, the outpouring of support has been tremendous and we have no doubt that the event will be back better than ever next year.”

With 10 Relay For Life events still to take place across the province, the Society is encouraging Nova Scotia communities to move forward in honour of the survivors and participants who were unable to Relay in Halifax.

“An undertaking such as Relay For Life takes a year to plan and coordinate. It would be impossible for us to bring together all of the necessary elements again in Halifax on such short notice. Other Relays taking place across the province will move forward as scheduled. We thank our volunteers, donors, participants and the general public for their support and understanding.”

Relay For Life is an inspirational, non-competitive, 12-hour overnight fundraising event that brings communities together to celebrate life and fight cancer. To make a donation visit