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announced as nominated charity for 2017 Sport Ireland Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford

We are delighted to announce that the nominated charity for the for 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. They 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. For further information on their services, kindly visit - www.solascentre.ie

Participants of the Tour who wish to raise funds for The Solas Cancer Support Centre can do so by requesting a sponsorship card when they complete the entry form or can donate online when they are registering for the event.

Participants in the 2016 Tour raised €10,449 for the Irish Pilgrimage Trust. Let’s put in a huge effort in 2017 and try to better that figure! 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.

Registration for this year's event which takes place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August opened in March and there are a steady stream of people from all over Ireland registering every day.

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