THE DUNDALK Relay for Life Committee handed over a cheque for €94,469.97, the proceeds of this year's event, to the Irish Cancer Society recently.
Although a cold day, the spirits were high outside the Dundalk Swimming Pool & Leisure Centre, as the cheque was handed over, and the remembrance tree commemorating Dundalk Relay for Life was planted.
The day was a time for teams and the committee to reflect on a busy year 2012. From early this year more than 25 teams of local business, family and friends and organisations hosted numerous fund raising events, which were well attended by people of all age groups all across county Louth.
The cheque was presented to Elaine Gillespie of the Irish Cancer Society by Linda Stewart, Deidre Branigan, Sharon Fitz Gore, Damien Higgins and Bill Tosh and the money will help the ICS continue its much needed work in supporting cancer patients, their families, hospitals and research.
The remembrance tree, donated by Linda Stewart of Mizu, was decorated with yellow ribbons in memory of loved ones who have passed, and will be there for years to come, representing hope, memories and the commitment of the wee county in the fight against cancer.
' This is a fantastic achievement for Relay for Life Dundalk as there were adjustments that had to be made the event went from 24 hours to 12 hours due to location difficulties. Even with this, the teams rallied together and raised very close to last year's total - an incredible result,' said Elaine Gillespie, ICS, who worked closely with the Dundalk team throughout the year.
This year's Relay for Life took place at The Marshes Shopping Centre. The day was opened with the celebration of the Cancer Survivors from County Louth, energetically walking the track representing hope and the ongoing fight against cancer. Joined by their carers, family, friends and the teams, they were enthusiastically cheered by the crowds as they walked the track.
The ICS and the committee would like to take this opportunity to thank Louth, Dundalk, the Teams, all supporting businesses, families, artists - everybody who contributed to the success of the event and worked hard throughout the year.
Dundalk pioneered the Relay and over the last four years has raised over €400,000. All money funded goes to the Irish Cancer Society and its services, including helpline, Night Nurses and our Research Department.
All of the Irish Cancer Society services are free to use for the people of Louth. If you would like to learn more about what the Irish Cancer Society can do for you, simply call the helpline on 1800 200700 or go online at www.cancer.ie