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Thursday 5 December 2019

Relay for Life raises an incredible €130,000 for Irish Cancer Society

Wexford volunteers collect €40,000 more than last year

Wexford organisers with the €130,000 cheque at the presentation night. Pic courtesy Sean Dempsey
Wexford organisers with the €130,000 cheque at the presentation night. Pic courtesy Sean Dempsey

Maria Pepper

Wexford Relay for Life raised an unbelievable €130,00 for the Irish Cancer Society this year, up a massive €40,000 on 2018.

The astounding figure was revealed to gasps of delight at a cheque presentation night in Wexford County Council Buildings which was attended by cancer survivors and many of the teams that took part in the 24-hour relay at Páirc Charman in July.

In the four years since it began, Relay for Life has raised a total of €295,000 through the efforts of the organisers and participating teams.

Chairperson Gay Murphy thanked everyone who contributed to the amazing success of the event, especially committee members John Sutton and Adam Fortune (Logistics); Debbie Franks (Teams); Gillian Wild (Entertainment); Siobhan Murphy Sutton and Jayne O' Sullivan (Finance); Julie Jackson (Survivors); Samantha Freegrove (Volunteers); Lucinda Kelly (Candle of Hope), Melrona Doyle (Sponsorship) and Jenny Werner (PR) who were invited on stage for the big financial reveal.

'I want to thank each and everyone of you who helped out or participated in any way on the day whether you were a volunteer, a steward, one of the Civil Defence, one of our fantastic entertainers, a photographer or one of the many service providers who gave their valuable services at a nicely reduced rate for us', said Gay.

She expressed gratitude to local businesses for their sponsorship, especially Cormac, Nicky and Graham at Pettitt's SuperValu in St. Aidan's Shopping Centre which sponsored the Survivors' Marquee and Lunch; Shirley Walsh and Michael Hayes at O'Brien's sandwich bar which sponsored everything in the Cafe run by Team Murphy Power.

Helen McCleane, Ken Wallace, Ann Crosbie and Helen's Happy Snippers were thanked for the beautiful table which held the Candle of Hope which Gay described as one of the highlights of the fourth Wexford Relay event.

The chairperson also paid tribute to Wexford County Council and the Irish Cancer Society whose representatives Donal Buggy and Emma Hayden travelled to Wexford to accept the cheque.

'Cancer is affecting communities more than ever before with over 1,000 people in Wexford expected to hear the words 'you have cancer' for the first time in 2019', said Donal Buggy.

'Relay for Life is an inspiring example of how a community can celebrate those who have survived a diagnosis, remember those who have lost their lives and importantly fight back against cancer', he said.

'The funds raised by Relay for Life Wexford will help the Irish Cancer Society to support the promotion of prevention and early detection messages, ensuring the community can access services that are available for cancer patients and their families, by engaging in lobbying activities for better cancer services and funding world class cancer research to ensure more people will survive their cancer diagnosis.'

He said Wexford Relay for Life has captured the imagination of the local community and Wexford is leading the way in the battle against cancer in Ireland.

Chairperson of the Team Captains, Debbie Franks also spoke, saying it was an absolute privilege to be involved.

'Thank you for the fantastic effort you all put in for Relay 2019'.

Catherine Walsh was MC for the presentation night and John Michael Murphy showed a video of the event in July while Lee Hynes provided music.

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