Overwaitea Foods in Prince Rupert holds weekend full of fundraising for Relay for Life

Over the weekend, Prince Rupert's Overwaitea raised over $5,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Over May 5 and May 6, Prince Rupert’s Overwaitea raised over $5,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society after holding a Pre-Relay for Life weekend-of-activities in the store.

The activities started on Saturday, May 5 with Spin the Wheel, where customers who donated $5 got to test their luck on a wheel full of prizes such as Save On More points, travel vouchers, and a chance to win a round trip to Vancouver, and more.

Then later on Saturday, Sandy Jackson from Central Barbers donated her time and services to shave the heads on nine male employees who collected pledges to do so.

The activities continued on Sunday, with Store Manager Dan Hansen hiking 50 miles on a treadmill in the store, a trek that took several hours to complete.

On both days funds were also collected from hot dog sales that occurred outside the store.

Prince Rupert’s Overwaitea Foods collected $5,681 all together, which massively surpassed the store’s fundraising goal of $2,500 on Saturday. All funds collected from the Pre-Relay for Life activities will go towards the Canadian Cancer Society.

A team of Overwaitea employees will be partaking in Prince Rupert’s Relay for Life event, which will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Prince Rupert Middle School’s field, with additional employees selling hot roast sandwiches at the relay, with all proceeds going towards the cancer society.