Relay revelers free to raise the roof

PORT HARDY — Council exempts 2015 Relay for Life from noise bylaw for May 23 event, which runs from 6 p.m. to midnight

A request to exempt the Relay for Life from the community’s noise bylaw was approved at the District of Port Hardy council meeting Feb. 10.

Sabrina Dent, chair of the North Island Relay for Life Committee, asked council for an exemption for the event which will take place May 23 at Port Hardy Secondary School from 6 p.m. until midnight. “As a committee, we will be delivering letters to the surrounding neighbourhoods, to notify them of our event and we will do everything in our power to mitigate the noise,” said Dent

Relay For Life is a community fund-raising event where Canadians across the country join together in the fight against cancer. Relay participants walk or run together around a track or path passing a baton to their fellow participants and working together toward one common goal the fight against cancer. In 2014, nearly 400 Relays took place across Canada. There were a total of 128,724 participants and $42.2 million was raised.

“It’s something we’ve done for years,” said Mayor Hank Bood of the request.

Council approved the exemption.