A CANCER support group struggling to meet the escalating costs of running a bus for patients to Cork University Hospital is urging everyone to support the second year of a sponsored walk on June 30 next.
The second annual Walk in Memory of Jamie Wren, in aid of the Kerry Cancer Support Group, was launched in Mike O'Neill's Railway Bar, Camp, on Friday night to a great response. In its first year last June it raised just over €12,000 towards the running of the Kerry/Cork Health Link Bus.
The bus takes Kerry patients to Cork University Hospital every day of the week and has helped Kerry cancer patients attend over 1,400 appointments in the Cork hospital since the start of the year already.
"Walk in Memory of Jamie Wren is a vital fundraiser for us as the costs of diesel are getting out of control and the bus costs us €75,000 per year to run," Seán Prendergast of the Kerry Cancer Support Group said.
"We were delighted that the family of the late Jamie Wren came on board last year, as well as the people of the area in their droves. It was a huge success and we hope to enjoy even bigger support this year for the cause," he added.
Jamie Wren was a well-known Castlegregory character who was noted for taking his pony and trap on a colourful annual outing to Tralee. Following his diagnosis with cancer, the people of Castlegregory organised a walk on the route of his yearly excursion to raise money for Kerry General Hospital's cancer services.
His family were delighted when the walk was revived by the group last year and the massive turnout was a great testament to the continued regard for the man.
Taking place on Saturday, June 30, next the walk starts in Tralee at 10am and finishes in Castlegregory with stops along the way and a party in Castlegregory to wind up the day.
Sponsorship cards are available from (066) 719560, Mary on (087) 1332179 or Seán on (087)3117475.