Toomevara to host Relay for Life next August

At the launch of Relay for Life Tipperary, Lorraine Keeshan, Business Innovation Centre; Frank Devanney, Toomevara GAA Club; Jackie Cuddihy, Toomevara GAA Club; Lorna King, chairperson, Relay for Life Tipperary; Kevin Dempsey, Irish Cancer Society; Sarah Guilfoyle, Margaret Walshe, Noelle Clancy and Rachel Keane, committee members, Relay for Life Tipperary
Relay for Life Tipperary, the 24-hour marathon walking event that raises funds to help fight cancer, will return to St Michael’s GAA Grounds in Toomevara next year.

Relay for Life Tipperary, the 24-hour marathon walking event that raises funds to help fight cancer, will return to St Michael’s GAA Grounds in Toomevara next year.

Relay for Life gives communities a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember lost loved ones, and fight back against the disease and its events raise funds to support the work of the Irish Cancer Society.

As part of Relay for Life, teams of friends, neighbours, families and colleagues come together in groups and commit to keeping participants walking around a track or path for 24 hours.

Relay for Life Tipperary took a break this year, and after numerous calls for the event to go ahead again next year, a new committee was formed.

Committee chairperson Lorna King said that she was delighted to see the event return.

“Relay for Life brings the community together to remember people we have lost to cancer, and celebrate those who have survived. It raises money and awareness for the work of the Irish Cancer Society,” she said.

Noelle Clancy, who will be looking after the survivors, said: “I am really looking forward to Relay for Life 2015. I hope to have as many survivors as possible there, so that they can celebrate their survival and fight back against cancer. The survivors really are the VIPs of this event.”

Noelle said that the survivors’ lap which starts every Relay for Life was special for anyone who had survived cancer.

During the lap, all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track, celebrating their victory over cancer while cheered on by the other participants who line the track. After the survivors’ lap there is a carer’s lap.

Sarah Guilfoyle, the teams’ chairperson is calling on everybody to be part of the event.

“The teams play such a crucial role in the event. They walk in relays for 24 hours. They raise funds for the event as well as participating in games, activities and competitions throughout the event,” she said.

Relay for Life Tipperary will be held on August 15 and 16, 2015. If you would like to get involved as a survivor, a carer, a team member or a committee member, email relayforlifetipperary@gmail.com