Rallying Cry for Runners and Walkers in Midleton Relay for Life

By Seamus Whelehan


A rallying cry has been issued to Midleton runners and walkers to lace up their trainers and take part in this year’s relay for life to raise vital funds for the Cancer association.
Launch night for this year’s event is Thursday 17 May at 8:00pm in the Midleton Park hotel.
This is the fourth year of the event in the East Cork town which last year raised almost €40,000.
Rose Finn one of the founder members of the event said they were “blown away” with the support the event has received over the years.
The Midleton woman said her committee of thirteen were hoping to raise over €50,000 to help fund vital research and services, giving hope to those battling cancer.
Teams of ten are being urged to sign up and raise money for research into the causes, treatment and prevention of the disease.
Entrants via the online process at www.cancer.ie will pay a join up fee of €10, however those who registers directly with the group can make a donation at their own discretion.
Teams have to have at least one member walking at all times for twenty four hours.
In 2017 more than four million people took part in the event in over twenty countries.
This year over 80 people of all ages will wear their purple “survivor” shirts and will be pampered for the day as they take part in the twenty four hour fundraising event at Midleton CBS on Saturday 1st September to Sunday 2nd September, from 3:00pm to 3:00pm.
Walking for twenty four hours can be tough, but it’s nothing compared to what many with caner endure.
Rose Finn a cancer survivor herself explains “Purple is an important colour for a cancer patient. Just before the sun comes up the sky is purple.” “Every morning a cancer survivor is happy to wake up to a new day, that’s why purple is so important.”
Mrs Finn added as the evening begins to draw in on Saturday 1st September everyone is encouraged to come together in a candle of hope ceremony. Candles will line the track in a fitting tribute to those whose lives have been affected by cancer and a mark of respect to those who are no longer with us.
More information about the relay for life is available from Rose on 086-8501532.