12 February, 2011

Great Island Run in aid of Irish Cancer Society:

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The second annual Great Island 10-mile road race will take
Des Bishop: launched Cobh's Great Island Run
place on April 17th in Cobh, Co. Cork and once again will benefit the Irish Cancer Society and Palliative Care in particular.
Up to 500 runners ran through the streets of Cobh in last year's inaugural event and in the process raised €35,000 to help fight cancer.
Comedian Des Bishop was on hand last week to launch the charity event in Cobh, eventhough he had just received news that his father had died. Michael Bishop had been suffering from lung cancer for some time, so the cause is very close to Des's heart. 
Last year's inaugural Great Island Run
"There are few of us who have not been touched by the scourge of cancer and statistics suggest that very few of us are likely to escape completely,"  said Eamonn Crotty of the organising committee.
"Palliative care is something none of us wants to experience, but it is also something that has to be witnessed to be fully appreciated. It offers cancer sufferers the opportunity to spend their remaining time in the relative comfort of their own homes, surrounded by those they care most about and ensuring the dignity and privacy that only a home can offer. It is impossible to put a price on such a service," he added. 
Cobh town centre and Cobh Cathedral in the background
The Great Island 10-mile road race will take place on April 17th at 1p.m. and a 5km walk will also be held at 12:30p.m. on the same day.
Sponsor ship cards from sonyaomurphy@gmail.com and can also be had by contacting Sonya Murphy on 087-7904895.
Details of the race are available on the website:
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