Tipperary Relay for Life raises more than €100,000 for Irish Cancer Society

Relay for Life Tipperary, held in Toomevara at the end of August has exceeded the €100k mark for the third year in a row.

Relay for Life Tipperary, held in Toomevara at the end of August has exceeded the €100k mark for the third year in a row.

At the official cheque handover held last Friday evening in the Tipperary Inn, Toomevara, the final amount from this year’s Relay was announced as €104,306-29.

Receiving the cheque on behalf of the Irish Cancer Society, Kathleen O Meara, Director of Advocacy with the society, thanked all who contributed to such a remarkable outcome, adding that the Tipperary Relay is one of the most successful and well organised in the country and has contributed €359,000 to the fight against cancer in the past three years.

She complimented the committee for their work during the past three years, adding “you are the happiest hardworking committee I have ever met”.

Pointing out that the Irish Cancer Society is not a state funded organisation, she said that funds from Relay were used to provide a range of services to cancer sufferers in Co Tipperary, including cancer information services, the night nursing service, daffodil centres the financial support programme to those suffering from cancer, the survivors supporting survivors programme and the advocacy service. All these, as well as supporting research to find cures and better treatments for those with the disease, are a significant contribution to the fight against cancer. Finally, she said that the venue and dates for next year’s Relay for Life Tipperary would be announced in due course, and hoped that those who participated in past years would continue to do so in the future.

Speaking on behalf of the Relay Committee, Padraig Moran thanked all the teams who took part for their efforts and commitment and also for their spirit and ingenuity. He said that without the teams there would be no Relay for Life, adding that their contribution was much greater than the money they raised. Both he and Jerry Cronin, Committee Chairman, thanked Toomevara people in general and the GAA club in particular, for embracing Relay so completely during the past three years, and for giving it such total support. In conclusion, Jerry added that Relay for Life Tipperary had really just begun and will now spread its wings and go ahead from strength to strength in various venues throughout the county. Keep an eye out for the announcement of the venue for next year’s Relay.