CANCER support service Recovery Haven have launched their 2013 Celebration of Light which will take place in villages, towns and beaches across Kerry in July and will see many hundreds of people, whose lives have been touched by the disease, gather and simultaneously light candles in a ceremony of hope and solidarity.
This year's Celebration of Light will take place on July 21st in locations in Abbeyfeale, Ballybunion, Banna, Camp, Dingle, Fenit, Inch, Killorglin, Killarney and Portmagee.
Crowds will gather at 7.45pm and on a signal at exactly 8pm everyone present, at all ten locations, will simultaneously light their candles. There will also be a symbolic throwing of stones into the seawater at coastal locations while local musicians will provide musical backing to proceedings at each venue.
Candles will be available at various outlets, at each of these venues prior to July 21. The candles will be on sale for €3 each or two for €5 from various local outlets and at Recovery Haven in Tralee.
Recovery Haven Manager Siobhán McSweeney said that the event creates a great meeting point for people who have been affected personally or through someone they know by cancer.
"The symbolic lighting of candles creates a very special atmosphere, people are united and hope is renewed. Through solidarity and light our sincere aim is to bring hope to our community," said Siobhán.
"The Celebration of Light" has become a very important annual community event which gives an opportunity for all those whose lives have been touched by cancer to come together and share experiences and celebrate the lives of families and friends," she said.
Eileen Comerford, chairperson of Recovery Haven fundraising committee, said she hopes that people will volunteer their time and get involved in advance of the event at each location.
"We couldn't do this without people getting involved and organising the events locally and selling candles and spreading the word to neighbours and friends. The success of this event will depend on local support and local volunteers and we would ask people to help out if they can," she said.
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Recovery Haven on 066-7192122 or www.recoveryhavenkerry.com for further information.