Relay for Life in Donegal announced their grand fundraising total for 2017 as the committee marked another successful year.
The charity group presented a cheque for €130,780.92 to Mark Mellett of The Irish Cancer Society at a celebration evening and thank you party last night in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.
Relay for Life Donegal’s successful summer event brought together another huge sum to fund vital research and services of the Irish Cancer Society. Money raised is spent locally, including a clinical research programme at Letterkenny University Hospital.
The event was attended by the Relay for Life Donegal Committee, volunteers, sponsors and representatives from the health sector. They looked back on the many great events during the year and looked ahead to the future of the initiative.
Dr Isabella Bray, Research Manager with the Irish Cancer Society, outlined the details of the €100,000 investment made at LUH by past Relay for Life Donegal events. She said it was an important project that can benefit cancer survivors in Donegal and all over the world.
Advanced Nurse Practitioner Dr. Janice Richmond and Oncology Research Nurse Mary Grace Kelly were present to share details of the upcoming study. The programme to be carried out at LUH will investigate the impact of a personalised self-managed lifestyle programme using mobile technology on the health and wellbeing of cancer survivors.
Dr. Richmond said 120 people will take part in the study, who will wear a FitBit for six months to monitor their activities and health. A skilled team of a made up of a dietician, a physiotherapist and a psychologist will monitor the participants.
Researchers in Galway will carry out the data collection and analysis. Dr. Richmond said it is hoped the programme, if successful, can be implemented in clinical practices in the future. The clinic plans to begin enrolling people in the coming weeks.
Relay for Life Donegal organisation is about celebrating survivors, remembering those who are less fortunate and fighting back through events and functions like the relay, said chairperson Robert O’Connor.
He announced that the next Relay weekend is set for the 2nd and 3rd of June 2018. Plans are already afoot for another large-scale community movement.