I would like to say how proud I am to again be a participant in the annual Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
There are so many people to thank: the organizing committee, the volunteers, sponsors, incredible entertainers (till late in the night), Grey Mountain Lions Club members (for the great 5 a.m. breakfast), RCMP Auxiliary, all the people who donated money and, of course, the 51 participating teams.
Special thanks to my wife, three of our kids, and our friends who made up our team.
We have all been touched by this horrible disease. I was inspired by the survivors and caregivers during the survivors’ lap, and humbled by the hundreds of luminaries glowing brightly for loved ones and friends.
Not only was this relay a symbolic gesture in support of the journey cancer victims must walk, but a great time to share stories with old friends, make a few new friends, honour those we have lost, support those in the fight, and do whatever each of us can to help beat this disease.
Buying votes with mints
Well, the Yukon government is trying to buy our votes again — this time with mints.
Passing out mints is less objectionable than giving out free condoms or needles because it doesn’t encourage people to do anything illegal or immoral.
It still ranks up there in stupidity, though.
I will nab a few and send them to friends who are smokers. That should ruffle some feathers.
We still have homeless youth. We still have people having to choose between rent and food. Helping these people doesn’t garner votes and make the government look good, though.
It’s all about votes, isn’t it?