Launch of Relay for Life 2012

Relay for Life Tipperary2012 will be launched in the AbbeyCourtHotelon Wednesday next, 4th April at 8.00pm.  Trevor Hogan, formerIreland rugby international who also had very successful times with bothMunster andLeinster, will perform the launch, and all are invited and welcome.

A scene from the survivors’ lap at last year’s Relay for Life event in GAA grounds, Toomevara. The launch of this year’s Relay takes place at 8pm on Wednesday 4th April in the Nenagh Abbey Hotel. All welcome”

The inaugural Relay for Life was one of the most significant events to take place in Co Tipperary last year with over 1,000 people taking part and with many more family members and spectators attending.  The event raised awareness of cancer issues and in particular the fact that there can be life after cancer, and it also raised over €112,000 to support the Irish Cancer Association.  This year’s event which takes place in St Michael’sGAAPark, Toomevara on 25/26 August is expected to be even bigger and better.

Speaking with Tipp Tatler this week, Trevor Hogan says that “Relay for Life is a 24 hour community celebration and it is meant as a unique, empowering and fun event, raising awareness of the services of the Irish Cancer Association, and supporting their work.  The central themes of Relay for Life are to celebrate cancer survivors, to remember those who have left us, and to fight back against the disease”.  At the event, teams of people take turns walking around a track.  And, to symbolise that fact that cancer never sleeps, each team has a representative on the track at all time during the 24 hours.  While not walking, participants and spectators can socialise, picnic, play games, dance and participate in lots of fun activities.

Two very special events form part of Relay.  First is the Survivors’ Lap which starts off the whole event, where cancer survivors of all ages are begin the Relay by walking the first lap of the course, cheered on by family, friends, and teams from the community.  Last year over 100 survivors took part in what was a very emotional event for many people.  The second special event is the Candle of Hope ceremony which takes place as darkness begins to fall.  Last year, 3,000 Candles of Hope were dedicated by people all over the county to someone they know who has been touched by cancer.  Some of the candles are dedicated to someone who survived, others in memory of someone who did not, and some to family and carers for their support.  As the evening approaches, the lighted candles are set around the track, and remain there lighting all night as the event continues.  Once the candles  are placed around the track, the short ceremony takes place and, Barbara Bracken who organises this element of Relay, says that “for many people, this is when the true meaning of Relay hits home”.  Overall, Relay for Life is a very unique event, very moving, fulfilling and fun.

Cancer affects one in three people inIrelandduring their lifetime.  All funds raised through this event will go to support the work of the services provided by Irish Cancer Association, in particular the bowel cancer screening service to be launched later this year which aims to ensure that fewer people in Ireland get cancer and that those who do have a better chance of survival.

If you would like to find out more information about Relay, please come along to the Abbey Court Hotel next Wednesday, 4th April at 8.00pm.  if you cannot make it but would like to participate or enter a team in the event, you can do so at or you can email


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