Datapac back on track for the South East Run For Life
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.