The 40 teams already entered for this year’s Relay for Life Tipperary are busily making preparing for the event which takes place in Toomevara on the weekend of 24/25 August.
Well over 1,000 people will take part directly as members of teams and over 100 cancer survivors will play a central role in the event.
Two thirds of the money raised by Relay is used to provide better facilities and treatment for cancer sufferers in Co Tipperary, and the remaining third goes towards research into finding a cure for cancer and finding better treatments.
Chairperson Jerry Cronin said that Relay for Life is all about HOPE – the hope that one day we will have a world without cancer, that we will find a cure for cancer, and that patients who are diagnosed with cancer will have better treatments and outcomes.
He added that there has been significant progress in this regard and that the work of Relay for Life is helping to make such a world possible, with cancer sufferers today having a much better chance of surviving the disease than was the case in years gone by.
One of the most poignant events at every Relay for Life is the CANDLE OF HOPE ceremony which takes place as darkness begins to fall. Last year, 4,000 Candles of Hope were dedicated by people all over the county to someone they know who has been touched by cancer.
As the evening approaches, the lighted candles are set around the track, and remain there lighting all night as the event continues. Once the candles are placed around the track, the short ceremony takes place and, Sandra Farrell who organises this element of Relay, says that “for many people, this is when the true meaning of Relay hits home”. She added that some of the candles are to celebrate a friend or loved one who has survived cancer, others are to remember someone who did not, while still others are dedicated to family and carers who helped in the fight against the disease. All candles are numbered, and people can easily locate their own candle and message around the track. Candles are available from any member of any participating Relay team, or can be got directly from Sandra Farrell at 0876989401.