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Relay for Life raises awareness of the many causes of cancer

Some of the committee, members, and helpers, of the Relay for Life, Kildare, pictured in Naas.  Photo Tony Keane.

Some of the committee, members, and helpers, of the Relay for Life, Kildare, pictured in Naas. Photo Tony Keane.

Volunteers from Relay for Life Kildare will be selling Candles of Hope at various venues around Kildare in the lead up to a marathon fundraising event.

The Irish Cancer Society fundraiser takes place on September 14-15 and two of the seven teams so far signed up for the community fundraising drive are based in Naas. They began selling the E5 candle bags around the town last week and will also be organising other fundraising events.

Relay for Life Kildare is a 24 hour fundraiser and will take place for the first time in Sarsfields GAA, Newbridge.

It involves teams walking in relay for 24 hours and also holding fun events and stalls at the venue, with all proceeds going to the Irish Cancer Society.

The first walkers on 14 September will be cancer survivors, then team members walk in relay, and the final walkers, 24 hours later on 15 September, will be those who have lost a loved one to cancer.

At sundown during the walk, the Candles of Hope will be lit. “Basically, people pick a message to write on a candle bag and we position the bags all around the walking route, lighting the candles as the sun goes down. The messages can be personal, like “Miss you mum” or “Keep fighting Dad”, or messages like “remember the donor” or “bless the carers”. We get all sorts of messages,” explained Relay for Life Kildare’s Chairperson Leanne Keogh.

Another aspect of the event is education – each team selects a type of cancer and raises awareness. “Everyone knows that smoking causes cancer, but not many know that being overweight can also increase your risk, so getting fit and eating healthily can be vital in the fight against cancer,” said team member Brendan Loughlin.

Anyone interested should contact Robert on 087-2942889.

- Paul O’Meara

 

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