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Bertie RFL to host drive-thru event

WINDSOR – The oldest Relay for Life event in the state of North Carolina will not be denied an opportunity to continue its long-standing fundraising event.

Originally scheduled for mid-May, the 2020 event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After months of planning, that event – with a limited agenda – will be held on Friday, Aug. 21 at Bertie High School.

In order to promote social distancing and follow other health safety guidelines, the Bertie Relay will be a drive-thru event from 7:30-9 pm.

“We are asking teams to decorate their vehicles for a drive-through parade,” said Bobbie Parker, Bertie Relay co-chair. “We’re asking them to line up in the Bertie Middle School parking lot and then drive to the high school parking lot.”

Cancer survivors will decorate their vehicles with signage saying how many years they’ve been a survivor and follow the same format as the team parade.

“We will recognize our corporate sponsors and Little Mr. & Miss Relay and have a survivor recognition ceremony,” Parker added. “There will also be a DJ, prizes and incentives, and we’ll close with drive-through luminaria ceremony.”

Everyone is encouraged to remain in their vehicles. However, if you do exit your vehicle, please wear a face mask.

“Cancer does not stop for a pandemic and neither will we. But remember, safety first, support always, and standing together…even when we are six feet apart,” Parker concluded.

The form shown on this page can be used to purchase luminaries. They can also be purchased online at www.relayforlife.org/bertienc.