Our nominated charity for the 2017 Sport Ireland Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford is the Solas Cancer Support Centre
The Solas Cancer Support Centre offers free support to those affected by cancer, their families and carers in Waterford and the South East in a purpose built Centre in Ardkeen, Waterford City. The charity was founded in 1999 and quickly outgrew its original rented facility. Following a massive community effort, that started in 2008, the necessary funds were raised and the new Centre opened in 2011 -celebrating its 6th birthday this year.
The support services include counselling, relaxation therapies and group support services which are provided at the Solas Cancer Support Centre and offers a safe place; a place to talk things over, to relax and express emotions. Since it opened its doors 6 years ago over 2,500 clients have used the services and 2016 saw an expansion of the opening hours with services now available until 9pm each Wednesday. In continuing to grow and react to community needs The Solas Cancer Support Centre expanded last September with a new West Waterford service opening in Dungarvan. This new service is based in The Alternative Health Clinic at 12 Main Street, Dungarvan. This Dungarvan based service will allow more people from the South East to access support services and negate the need for people to travel from the west of the county to Waterford City. The Solas Cancer Support Centre is supported by over 70 volunteers, 25 counsellors and therapists, 6 community employment scheme workers and 4 staff members (1 full time and 3 part time) as well as a voluntary Board of Directors. This huge voluntary commitment is essential to the running of the Centre, ‘The Centre could, quite simply, not operate without our amazing volunteers and colleagues and we are so fortunate to have such a wonderful team that makes the Solas Cancer Support Centre such a special place’
The Solas Cancer Support Centre would not operate without the generous donations from the public. We are not government funded so are 100% reliant on community donations and fundraising activities to sustain and develop our services to those affected by cancer, their family members and carers.
If you wish to collect for The Solas Cancer Support Centre, simply ‘tick’ the box on the entry form to request a Sponsorship Card and a card will be sent to you by post. Thank you. For further information on our services, kindly visit - https://solascentre.ie/
PLEASE NOTE THAT NONE OF THE ENTRY FEE FOR THE EVENT IS DONATED TO THE NOMINATED CHARITY - THE CHARITY RELIES SOLELY ON DONATIONS FROM PARTICIPANTS.