Leinster trio Kevin McLaughlin, Luke Fitzgerald and Shane Jennings have joined together to make an important appeal to members of the public to support the Torch of Hope Relay event taking place around Dublin Bay on Sunday October 13 at 2pm in aid of ARC Cancer Support Centre…

The fundraiser is open to all levels of fitness – people can walk or run – and it starts on both the Northside and the Southside of Dublin with participants ultimately converging on the Samuel Beckett Bridge to light the Olympic Cauldron. ARC Cancer Support Centre is Leinster Rugby’s Charity of the Year.

The Torch of Hope Relay gives families, friends and communities who have been affected by cancer a chance to unite and also to honour lost loved ones. All monies raised will go to support ARC’s range of support, counselling and therapy services for men and women affected by cancer and those who care for them. Clients have been availing of our services for nearly 20 year’s which are provided free of charge.

Leinster Rugby player, Shane Jennings, is strongly urging people to lend their support to the event. “Having seen first-hand the wonderful work that ARC Cancer Support Centre does in supporting people to get through cancer, I can’t think of an event that is more deserving of support than ARC’s Torch of Hope Relay. This event celebrates the strength and determination of those people who are undergoing treatment for the illness, while also remembering those who have passed away. I ask people to sign up today and help raise funds so that ARC can continue to provide its hugely important support.”

The relay sees two separate teams starting at BullockHarbour on the Southside and HowthHarbour on the Northside of Dublin, who then pass on the torch to other teams along the route. The final kilometre is dedicated to cancer survivors who will carry the Torch of Hope to its final destination to light the Cauldron on the Samuel Beckett Bridge at approximately 6pm. The closing ceremony will be followed by entertainment and surprise celebrity appearances at the CHQ building in the IFSC.

To secure a fundraising pack and sponsorship card, simply visit www.arccancersupport.ie or call 01 830 7333. The closing date for registration is October 9 2013.

You can also follow ARC on Twitter – www.twitter.com/arccancerdublin – and on Facebook – www.facebook.com/arccancersupport

About ARC Cancer Support Centre:

ARC Cancer Support Centre offers a holistic approach to people who have been affected by cancer taking into account body, mind and soul, and that assists with people’s emotional and psychological well-being, as well as their physical battle with the disease. 

ARC offers support, complementary therapies and counselling services in a caring and supportive environment for nearly 20 years. These are people who have been diagnosed with cancer, and also their families, parents of children who have cancer, friends and carers.

ARC’s centres are strategically located near the major centres of excellence for cancer care at St James’s & St.Vincent’s Hospital on the Southside and the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Beaumont Hospital on the Northside in Dublin. All services are provided by professional staff and trained volunteers, available to anyone in Ireland and are, most importantly, free of charge.