Midleton Relay For Life Open Night

The Midleton Relay for Life committee members (orange T-shirts) and cancer survivors (purple): Caroline Byrne, Sinead O’Sullivan, Mary Reid, Rose Finn, Adam Stenhouse, Elaine Duggan, Jenny Rutledge, Jonathon Finn, Marianne Foley and Billy Foley.

The Open Night for Midleton Relay for Life was well supported last Thursday, 11 May.
The Open Night, hosted by the Midleton Park Hotel, saw more than 40 people attend to listen to guest speakers, attain information on the Relay For Life in Midleton and register for the event scheduled for 26 August.
“We were delighted with it,” said Elaine Duggan, Public Relations Officer for Relay for Life Midleton. “About 40 people attended and we had a great sign up of teams on the night for the Relay. We were very glad with the night and delighted that so many took the chance to register their teams.”
The Open Night featured four speakers who talked about the different aspects of battling cancer.
“Mary Quinn from the Irish Cancer Society briefly ran through where the funds go so,” said Ms Duggan, “and a lot of it goes to research in UCC. Dr [Sharon] McKenna from Cork Cancer Research Centre explained what they do for research. It’s not just researching a cure for cancer, but cures for cancers as there are so many different types. It’s such a broad illness and it effects everybody, from smallies right up to older people. Then Adeline, a teenage survivor of cancer, spoke about her fundraising for Irish Cancer Society and Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin. Finally Caroline Byrne spoke of how the Relay affected her and how she got involved. She has very strong memories of last year’s relay and she’s the team coordinator for this year.”
Midleton Relay for Life is a 24 hour team-based walking relay, which will be held at the CBS Secondary School in Midleton for the second straight year. Each team comprises between 10-15 members with at least one member required to remain walking the course at all times, however teams are not mandatory and neither is attending the event for the full runtime. Last year it raised €20,000 for the Irish Cancer Society.

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