Kildare Relay for Life will be back at Punchestown Racecourse this year

Raising cancer awareness and funds

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Kildare Relay for Life will be back at Punchestown Racecourse this year

A scene from last year's Relay for Life

It's now full steam ahead for Relay for Life Kildare 2019 as it prepares to return to Punchestown Racecourse next July.

Starting at 1pm Saturday July 6 and finishing at 1pm Sunday, July 7, the organisers said the management at Punchestown have been very helpful and supportive of the event.

"Now is the time to look around your town, village, club, family and organise a team to take part in Relay and raise necessary funds for the Irish Cancer Society (ICS)," said Peter O'Neill.

"Relay is a 24 hour coming together of families and friends where we celebrate those who have survived cancer, we remember those who have died from this disease, and we now continue the fight back against it. Relay consists of a gentle walk around the many thousands of candle bags displaying their poignant messages about all who have been touched by cancer. The 24 hours are filled with lots of fun, laughter and exchanges of experiences and the highlight is the Candle of Hope Ceremony which takes place at dusk on the Saturday evening.

"We are urging teams from all parts of Kildare to ensure that their area is represented and indeed there are many pockets especially north and south of the county that have not been represented so far and maybe 2019 is the year to put that right."

Relay Chairperson Amy Mahon is looking forward to welcoming new teams and her contact is 085 1362373.

The team recruitment contact is Sharon Dillon Rowan at 087 6590480 and for candle bags Tina McCabe at 086 0508400.
For general information on Relay and any club or group looking to chat more can contact Peter O Neill at 087 2422380.