Friday 20 April 2018

Relay for Life cancer fundraiser

AN overnight relay fundraising event – which received praise from the American Cancer Society last year when it raised over €20,000 – is coming to the Mardyke Arena, Cork this Friday, February 28.

The intention is to unite the entire community of Cork in the fight against cancer. Anyone who has dealt with cancer or who is interested is welcome to get involved in Relay For Life UCC, which hopes to double last year's donations.

Teams of friends, neighbours, families and colleagues will come together in groups of 15/20 people to take part in the community event. Over 60 teams are currently registered, with an expected turn out of 800 people.

All funds raised through sponsorship will go to the Irish Cancer Society to support their work in eliminating cancer as a major health problem and in improving the lives of those living with cancer. Relay For Life UCC, which is supported by the UCC Cancer Society and UCC Health Matters initiative, begins at 6pm on Friday, February 28 and will finish at 6pm on March 1. As cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the 24-hour event.

Otherwise, team members are free to socialise, picnic, play games, enjoy 24-hour live entertainment and to participate in lots of fun activities.

The Survivors' Lap is an inspirational start to the event where cancer survivors of all ages are invited to begin the relay by walking the first lap of the course, cheered on by family, friends, and teams from the community.

The Candle of Hope ceremony takes place later in the evening when darkness begins to fall. Before the event everyone is invited to dedicate a Candle of Hope to someone they know who has been touched by cancer.

As the evening approaches, the candles are set around the track and lit by participants. It is during this time that the true meaning of Relay really hits home.

Those wishing to take part in Relay For Life or volunteer to help at the event can contact or call the Irish Cancer Society on CallSave 1850 60 60 60.