Relay for Life Kildare is now almost upon us for 2017 and all the hard work of committee and our participating teams will come to fruition on the 19th August at Punchestown Racecourse with the opening ceremony commencing at 3pm.
This will be a celebration of Cancer survivors, a remembrance of our friends and relations who have passed on and now we continue with the fight against Cancer with this 24 hours of family fun, entertainment and laughter.
Survivors will lead out the Relay at 3pm on Saturday and then each team will follow and will commit to having at least one member walking around the Candle Bag layout for the next 24 hours.
There will be music and varied types of entertainment throughout and teams will also their own activities in and around their tents.
Organiser Peter O'Neill said: "This year we will have the services of a representative from the National Bowel Screening in attendance from 3.00pm to 7.00pm on Saturday to make appointments for screening and also the Irish Cancer Society will be there during the same hours with a skin scanner which lets people see how the Sun has affected the skin and this is damage which is not always visible but is permanent below the skin.
"Relay committee appreciates the support from all teams over the last number of months and no doubt every team member will enjoy the 24 hours. Entertainment is provided by local artistes and groups and many Fun laps will be called to keep the level of enjoyment as high as possible.
"The main highlight of the Relay is the Candle of Hope ceremony which will take place around 9.30pm just as darkness descends and this is a very special and poignant part of Relay and a number of our Survivors will be taking part in this ceremony. The Relay then continues through the night until the closing ceremony at 3.00pm on Sunday which will feature a release of some Doves to bring down the curtain on Kildare Relay 2017.
"The Relay is free to attend and we are encouraging the public to come along in large numbers to sample the Relay , enjoy the entertainment and maybe consider becoming involved in the future with a team of their own."
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