Relay for Life presents €62,000 to Irish Cancer Society

Fifth Realy for Life a great success

Relay for Life presents €62,000 to Irish Cancer Society

Relay for Life Donegal already have their first team registered for 2017.

The Donegal fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society held a thank-you night on Monday for all who took part in this year’s event and presented a cheque for €62,681 to Dr Robert O’Connor, head of research for the Irish Cancer Society.

There were also a number of presentations to teams, volunteers and other supporters, including special presentations to Mags Coyle, who is stepping down from the Donegal relay committee; Margaret McAteer, musical director of the Survivors Choir; Caitriona Kelly Gillespie for her work with the Candle of Hope, Luminaria ceremony; and the Kicking Cancer Team, which has taken part in every Relay for Life Donegal since it began.

“It was a tremendous night and everybody was very supportive,” Robert O’Connor, chairperson of Relay for Life Donegal said.

He said the Donegal event already has its first team registered for next year: A team from the United States called Team Relay Nation, travels to Relay for Life events all over the United States and Canada and have chosen the Donegal event as their first outside North America.

“They are doing their fundraising in America to bring to us here in Donegal,” he said.

The fifth Relay for Life Donegal was held in June of this year at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

Above, Relay For Life Donegal Treasurer, Drew Corry, with committee and team members presenting the cheque for €62,681 to Robert O'Connor, head of research for the Irish Cancer Society. Photo Clive Wasson