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The 2019 Newton County Relay For Life event, scheduled for April 26, is fast approaching. A premier fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life in Newton County brings the community together to support cancer research in an effort to eliminate cancer in the near future.

With approximately 70 community teams involved, the Relay event will again be held at The Church At Covington on Ga. Highway 142 in Covington. The event will begin at 6 p.m. on April 26 and offers fun for all ages. Beginning with opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. on Friday,

April 26, this year’s event will be fun for all ages. The event will conclude at midnight.

Relay For Life began in the U.S. in May 1985 when colorectal surgeon Dr. Gordy Klatt wanted to raise awareness of cancer and boost the income of his local cancer charity. He spent a grueling 24 hours circulating a track in Tacoma, Wash., and raised more than $27,000 and showed that one person really can make a difference.

Since then, Relay For Life has become the largest fundraising event for cancer in the world. Celebrated by more than 4 million people in over 20 countries, Relay For Life empowers and unites local communities to fight cancer.

The theme for this year’s Newton County Relay for Life is your favorite band, and each team is expected to bring their best musical group to life. Each team will also have individual fundraisers available such as food, crafts, games and more. There will be something available for the entire family. The entertainment schedule offers some of the community’s best, including The Bragg Family Band, Heather Miller, Sean Dibble, and the Potter’s House Women’s Dance Group. Other activities include the Rockin’ Divas Ms. Relay Contest, the Begging Babies, and the Road To Recovery Cardboard Car Race. Pathway Community Church will also be hosting games for children.

With almost everyone being touched by cancer in some way, Relay provides an opportunity to help fight cancer through food, fun and fundraising. This year’s event chairperson is Chuch Berry.


I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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