Relay for Life event is Saturday
MORGAN CITY, La. — Preliminary events leading up to this year’s Relay for Life in East St. Mary Parish continue Saturday with the first challenge in the inaugural Guns and Hoses Battle for the Paddle at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The police (guns) and fire (hoses) departments of East St. Mary Parish will be competing against each other in the Relay for Life’s effort to raise money for cancer research. On Saturday, a blood drive for United Blood Services and cash contributions will be the first of two challenges between the police and fire departments that will occur before the relay is held at the auditorium from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. May 18.
Bayou Vista volunteer firemen will help represent the hoses. “Some of our members have been personally affected by cancer,” said Bayou Vista Fire Chief Ricky Roberts. “We want to try to help out however we can.”
The Morgan City Police Department will be part of the guns team. Lt. James Blair, police spokesman, said Morgan City police are “honored to join hands” with Relay for Life and United Blood Services. “With cancer affecting so many lives and families, we will try to do our part in raising awareness and raising donations,” he said. The friendly competition between police and fire services is a novel way to encourage participation throughout the community.
The second challenge will be May 11 from noon to 4 p.m. with a cook-off featuring gumbo and jambalaya.
Event Chair Noel Birriel said that there will be other activities during the relay that the police and fire departments will participate in. They will work for the bragging rights among “guns and hoses” supporting Relay for Life 2013.
Relay for Life hosted a freshwater fishing tournament with 20 boats entered at Doiron’s Landing in Stephensville on April 20 that raised more than $1,000, according to Birriel.
“It was a big success,” she said. “We are working on maybe doing a saltwater fishing tournament in the fall.”
Relay for Life has scheduled a boat Poker Run on June 24 that originates at Doiron’s Landing and ends at Gros Marina in Pierre Part. The run will take the boats to Mosquito Bar and Spunky Monkey.