Come out to Carnival for a Cure on Sunday in Yellowknife

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Yellowknife’s third annual Carnival for a Cure takes place at the Multiplex on Sunday.

The event serves to kick off fundraising campaigns for teams preparing to take part in the Relay for Life in June.

All money raised goes to the Canadian Cancer Society to help provide programs and services for cancer patients in the North.

“Carnival for a Cure is the first opportunity for teams on the ground to get out there, introduce themselves to the community and start their fundraising efforts,” said fundraising coordinator Melanie McGee.

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“We do it by bringing everybody indoors on a cold winter’s day and giving them lots of really fun things to do.”

You can grab popcorn and cotton candy, take part in games of chance and skill, and there may even be the opportunity to make the most of a tattoo parlour. Prizes will be on offer, too.

Entry is $5 for adults, $2 for children aged 13 and up, and free for those aged 12 and under.

Game tickets cost $1 each and games generally require one ticket to play.

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“This is the biggest fundraising event that we have,” said the Canadian Cancer Society’s Nikki Grobbecker, discussing the carnival and the forthcoming Relay for Life, which will take place in both Fort Smith and Yellowknife.

“Both communities raise a lot of money for the Canadian Cancer Society, which provides us with the ability to reach out to cancer patients with our programs and services,” she added.

The Relay for Life will see teams of eight to 10 people walking for 12 hours, overnight from 7pm to 7am, taking turns around a designated track.

Yellowknife’s relay is on June 12.

Volunteers are also needed for this year’s relay, to help with events on the day and the teardown afterwards.

To register a team for the relay or express an interest in volunteering, call Nikki on (867) 920-4428.

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