Retired gardaí prepare for Relay For Life

Twenty retired gardaí are preparing to take part in the Relay for Life fundraising event next month which will see almost 150 people compete in a 24-hour relay race.

Twenty retired gardaí are preparing to take part in the Relay for Life fundraising event next month which will see almost 150 people compete in a 24-hour relay race.

Relay For Life is a 24-hour walking relay that takes place throughout Ireland to raise vital funds in support of the Irish Cancer Society. Seventy teams from all-over the county are due to take part in the event which will take place at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

Fundraising for the event, the first of its kind in the county, is well underway. A member of each team must be on the track the whole time through the event.

Former Garda superintendent Jim Gallagher is one of the 20 former members who are getting themselves in shape for the marathon relay. He said the idea to take part in the event was formed at regular get togethers between retired members of the force. “We meet up once every two weeks for coffee and we were given a presentation by the Relay of Life committee. We just wanted to give something back and to help with something that affects every family in the county.”

Most of the former members are based in the Letterkenny area but they will be looking for support from their colleagues all over the county. The former gardaí have enlisted the help of the Garda Band to help fundraise for the event. The famous band will be performing at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny on Thursday May 3rd. They will be joined on the night by Encore and the Letterkenny Caledonian Pipe Band.

Tickets for the event are €15 and are available from the Mount Errigal Hotel, garda stations, or by contacting Jim Gallagher on 0867323483 or Joe Lynch on 0862338603.