Kilkenny's Relay for Life is a resounding success

Loved ones remembered and funds and awareness raised

Mary Cody

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Mary Cody

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Kilkenny's Relay for Life  is a resounding success

Ambassador Edward Nolan opens the sixth annual Relay for Life

There was a huge turnout at Kilkenny Rugby Club over the weekend for the sixth annual Relay for Life as people came together to remember loved ones and raise cancer awareness.
This year’s Relay ambassador was John Edward Nolan from Dancing with the Stars.
The teams stayed on site for 24 hours in a tented village enjoying live entertainment and activities while the relayers enjoyed a fantastic soccer display at 7pm on Satuday evening, adding to the event in a very positive way.
As the sun set the track was lined with hundreds of Luminaria dedicated to the memory of loved ones who have died from cancer. The beautiful music for the Candle of Hope ceremony was provided by The Kilkenny Gospel Choir and Fr Willie Purcell.
On Sunday morning teams and walkers were treated to a pilates session followed by Zumba .
Throughout the Relay for Life event participants availed of alternative therapies in the wellness area. Therapists gave their time and treatments free and those treated made a donation to the Irish Cancer Society.
George Candler acted as MC and brought his humour and wit along, adding to the atmosphere.Many ponytails were also donated to the Little Princess Trust.
Event Chairperson Josephine Kelly said: “I am overwhelmed by the positive feedback and goodwill following this years event, it was a fantastic 24 hours .
“The teams and relayer’s totally embraced and participated in the many onsite activities and many have pledged to return in 2019.
“Relay for Life supports the Irish Cancer Societies work. Volunteers and the local communities goodwill allows this event to continue and grow, thanks to Kilkenny Rugby Club and the many businesses that made donations,” she added.