Midleton’s Relay for Life Set For This Weekend

By Alan Sheehan

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The Relay For Life Midleton takes place this weekend, running from 3pm this Saturday, 26 August until 3pm Sunday, 27 August.
The third Relay for Life Midleton will be hosted by the CBS Secondary School and will see more than 20 teams, as well as dozens of individuals, take part in the 24 hour team-based walking relay, which raises money for Irish Cancer Society.
“The Relay is this Saturday and Sunday,” said Elaine Duggan, Public Relations Officer for Relay for Life, Midleton. “It is almost on top of us now and we are all looking forward to it. We have 21 teams this year which is a great number and we are delighted with it. We also have lots of individuals who are not part of a team coming down on the day too to walk it. We have a great number of survivors this year; we have between 50-60 survivors attending, which is fantastic. We are delighted with that.”
Teams taking part in the relay generally comprising 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.
A key part of the Relay For Life is the Candle of Hope Ceremony, wherein those involved in the event remember and honour those who have been touched to cancer or lost to the disease by lighting candles inside bags of sand, which each bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, as participants walk a lap in silence.
“We are still selling candle bags on Saturday from 3pm until about 7pm at the CBS Secondary School grounds,” said Ms Duggan. “We have originally planned the Candle of Hope ceremony to take place for about 10pm, but is getting darker earlier. We would ask people to be there for 9pm to definitely be there for the ceremony. Everybody is invited to come along and take part or to just meet us and find out about the Relay.”
For more information or to register for Relay For Life Midleton, the group can be reached by email at relayforlifemidleton@hotmail.com.

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