Relay for Life is the biggest annual fundraising event in Dundalk every year and it’s found a permanent home - the Dundalk Racecourse.
Having found difficulties in securing a venue in recent years, Dundalk Stadium came to the rescue.
With the Relay date set for the 1st and 2nd June 2014, a race night will be held to launch the event on October 5th 2013.
Damien Higgins, a member of the Relay committee, told The Dundalk Democrat that the event is embracing change.
He said: “We found it difficult to find a suitable location for the event and we wanted to find somewhere permanent because we have been changing the location in event years.
“The staff at Dundalk Stadium have been very supportive and we look forward to the challenge.”
Since the first Relay for Life in Ireland 4 years ago in Dundalk , this local event has raised more than a €250,000 over that time in support of the work of the Irish Cancer Society.
While the support of the local businesses, fundraising teams and visitors has been phenomenal over the years, the most challenging aspect of organising the event has always been sourcing a fitting venue, which has a suitable track for the symbolic 24 hour walk against cancer, sufficient space for the many teams fundraising stalls, a band stage – and of course large crowds.
Emma Meehan, Sales & Marketing Manager of Dundalk Stadium said: “Relay for Life has made tremendous strides to raise awareness and educate the public on cancer whilst supporting those who have survived the illness and continue in their respective fights.
“Given the nature of this global illness; everyone will have been affected at some stage whether directly or indirectly. We look forward to the race night where we can celebrate the lives of all the individuals involved in race against cancer.”
The race night on the 5th of October will mark the beginning of a new era for Relay.
The organisers are planning fun for all the family with of course all the fun of the races, raffles, and fine dining, but in keeping with the relay philosophy of raising awareness, survivors of cancer will walk the track.
Those who have passed away or who are battling cancer will be remembered in a ceremony when hundreds of balloons carrying ‘in memory‘ or ‘in celebration’ messages will be released into the sky.
Relay for Life 2012 raised over €94,000 for the Irish Cancer Society.
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