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Monday 21 October 2019

Candles go on sale to mark 'Hope Day'

GRIFFIN IS SPECIAL GUEST AT LAUNCH NIGHT

DAVID MEDCALF

THOUSANDS OF CANDLES are going on sale across Wexford and beyond as the south east prepares to celebrate 'HOPE Day' on Friday, November 4.

The venture was officially launched at the HOPE cancer support centre on Thursday, when hotelier and hurling pundit Liam Griffin was the guest of honour. Organiser Michael Jordan explained that the occasion will be not so much a fundraiser as an opportunity to reflect on the service offered by the centre, which is based at Weafer Street in Enniscorthy.

He looked forward to supplies of the specially produced candles being snapped up for parishes, families and workplaces across the region. The plan is that they will be lit at 7 p.m. on the evening of November 4, to coincide with an ecumenical service in the nearby St. Aidan's cathedral.

'Hope Day has certainly caught people's imaginations,' commented Michael Jordan, who felt that the message of HOPE is very much one of offering light where there is darkness. Town Council cathaoirleach Jackser Owens was on hand to wish the venture success.

The independent councillor has made no secret of the fact that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago. He indicated that he now regrets not turning to HOPE at the time, to avail of the counselling and other supports on offer in Weafer Street.

Though the launch took place on a beautifully sunny afternoon with plenty of natural light, a ceremonial candle was lit by Liam Griffin to mark the occasion. The Rosslare man observed that the word 'great' is applied to many deeds on the sporting field but he felt that the development of HOPE is a more substantial example of greatness.

He noted that the centre was first suggested over a cup of coffee and the concept so casually mooted has since been developed into something that fully deserves to be celebrated. He described the centre as a fantastic achievement.

'HOPE Day can be a great beacon of light,' he said.

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