Dat­a­pac back on track for the South East Run For Life

New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By DAVID TUCKER

COUNTY Wex­ford-based Dat­a­pac, Ire­land’s lead­ing ICT so­lu­tions provider, says that it will once again part­ner with the So­las Cancer Sup­port Cen­tre to spon­sor the 2017 South East Run for Life.

2017 will mark the fourth year that the Dat­a­pac has part­nered with the char­ity to help raise vi­tal funds for the cen­tre.

The event will take place on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 8, and more than 2,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to take part.

One of the lead­ing cancer sup­port cen­tres in Ire­land, the So­las Cancer Sup­port Cen­tre strives to em­power those af­fected by cancer.

The cen­tre pro­vides peo­ple di­ag­nosed with cancer, and their fam­i­lies, with ac­cess to es­sen­tial ser­vices such as coun­selling, re­lax­ation ther­apy and group sup­port, all at no cost.

It re­ceives no of­fi­cial fund­ing, and is 100% re­liant on in­come raised through com­mu­nity sup­port and fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives to en­able it to pro­vide th­ese ser­vices. First opened in 2011, the So­las Cancer Sup­port Cen­tre is now sup­ported by over 70 vol­un­teers, 25 coun­sel­lors and ther­a­pists, five com­mu­nity em­ploy­ment scheme work­ers and four staff mem­bers.

In Oc­to­ber of every year, the cen­tre en­cour­ages peo­ple to show their sup­port and turn the streets of Water­ford or­ange by don­ning a So­las Cancer Sup­port cen­tre t-shirt and tak­ing part in the Run for Life. The event at­tracts run­ners from all around the south east to par­tic­i­pate in ei­ther the chal­leng­ing 10-mile run, aimed at the more ac­com­plished run­ner, or the shorter 5-mile ‘ Walk for Life’ which is geared to­wards fam­i­lies and less ex­pe­ri­enced ath­letes. A record num­ber of peo­ple took part in last year’s event, and this year the So­las Cancer Sup­port Cen­tre is hop­ing to grow that num­ber again.

Those who wish to take part in the event can down­load a spon­sor­ship card from www. so­las­cen­tre.ie, or col­lect one from the So­las Cancer Sup­port Cen­tre at Wil­liamstown, Water­ford. Spon­sor­ship cards are also avail­able from Beat 102 103 stu­dios and AIB branches in the South East.

More in­for­ma­tion can be found on the ‘So­las Cen­tre South East Run for Life’ Face­book page, on Twit­ter @so­las­cen­tre or by call­ing the So­las Cen­tre on 051 304 604.

At the an­nounce­ment that Dat­a­pac has part­nered with the So­las Cancer Sup­port Cen­tre to spon­sor the 2017 South East Run for Life (from left): Gabrielle Cum­mins, CEO, Beat 102 - 103; Fi­achra O’ Ceil­leachair, Di­rec­tor, So­las Cancer Sup­port Cen­tre; Cllr Seán Rein­hardt, Metropoli­tan Mayor of Water­ford; and Karen O’Con­nor, gen­eral man­ager ser­vice de­liv­ery, Dat­a­pac.

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