September 10, 2013

Local Relay for Life eyes changes

The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — There are a few changes coming as far as Relay for Life is concerned locally.

Amanda and Wyatt Russell serve as co-chairpeople for Mahaska County Relay for Life. Just before the Mahaska County Relay for Life meeting this past Thursday, Wyatt said the location for Relay for Life in Mahaska County would change. In recent years, Mahaska County Relay for Life events had been held on the Oskaloosa square.

According to an e-mail from Amanda and Wyatt sent to the Herald Monday afternoon, the next Mahaska County Relay for Life will be held March 29, 2014 starting at 2 p.m. and going to 2 a.m. the following day at the Penn Activities Center at William Penn University.

Wyatt said the square is a “great focal point,” but that they wanted to bring more activities for the whole family to Relay for Life events locally.

Amanda and Wyatt got into Relay for Life through a close family friend, noted Wyatt. They also had a team participate in Mahaska County Relay for Life for the past two years, he said.

Wyatt said that as co-chairpeople, he and Amanda are responsible for things like recruiting members for their committee, as well as volunteers. Providing guidance and overseeing financial aspects of Mahaska County Relay for Life are also among their responsibilities.

Mahaska County Relay for Life relies on volunteers quite a bit.

“We have a ton of volunteer rolls — a ton that can be filled,” said Wyatt. “We really need the volunteers to help bring it together and make the events run a lot more smoothly.”

Those interested in volunteering with Mahaska County Relay for Life can contact Wyatt and Amanda at mahaskarelay4life@gmail.com.

On Thursday, Wyatt said they’d like to see area businesses form Relay for Life teams. Anyone signing up with Mahaska County Relay for Life from Sept. 12 through 29 will be offered a discounted sign up rate, he said. Instead of $10 per person, it will be $5 per participant during this time period, noted Wyatt.

Fees will only be per person this year, as opposed to team rates, added Amanda.

Amanda also noted, via e-mail, that there will be registration nights at Smokey Row during the discount period. Those nights will be Sept. 12, 19 and 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. each night.

Wyatt said they would like to have Mahaska County Relay for Life put on events as often as once a month. He also noted that a restructured committee is possible.

“We really want to get the community involved,” he said, adding that they’d like people of all ages to be involved. “Our main goal is to get a bigger, more broad committee involved and go from there.”


Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at news2@oskyherald.com.