Being a key component

Key Club volunteers at Relay for Life

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Photo by Misty Morris

Sophomores Ricky Cooks, Kayleigh Moreland, Raga Justin, Kevin Thompson, Olivia Johnson, Jillian Cheney and Robin Cooper volunteer at Relay for Life.

Story by Jillian Cheney, staff writer

Key Club recently participated in Relay for Life, a citywide event raising awareness and money for all kinds of cancer. It took place at the fairgrounds all afternoon on Saturday April 25.

“We had a booth and set up carnival style games,” Key Club sponsor Holly Mooneyham said. “People could come by and donate money to play those games, and would win a prize at the end of an hour.”

A few of these games included a ring toss, duck pond and ball toss. Key Club members worked these various games and donated prizes.

“We had gift cards, jewelry, and a few parents with businesses donated some of their goods,” sophomore John Debenport said. “It ended up being a lot of great prizes, and I think that was one of the most successful parts of our day.”

Key Club raised a total of $53 to donate to Relay for Life, only a fraction that was donated to the organization. Next year, they plan to participate again and raise even more money to donate.

“We didn’t really have a lot to compare it to because this was our first year, and the turnout wasn’t as big as I thought it would be,” Mooneyham said. “Next year, we’ll try new ideas to bring in more money, like different games or selling food.”

Although the event was not quite what was expected, each member gained a valuable experience in raising cancer awareness and enjoyed themselves while doing it.
“Most people can relate to something like this because so many know someone with cancer,” Debenport said. “It has a really positive effect on families, and an even better effect on cancer patients themselves.”