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A resource beyond the ordinary

Author: Mary Ellen Breen
31 July 2015
  • Pictured at the launch were Fiachra, Sadhbh, Grainne and Ruán Ceilleachair. Photo: John Power

‘A resource beyond the ordinary’ is how a widower described the support he and his family received from a South East based cancer support service during his wife’s battle with a terminal diagnosis.

The Solas Centre based in Waterford provides cancer support services to the people of the South East – and today (Friday) it announced details of one of its biggest fundraisers – The South East Run for Life.

At the launch, Fiachra Ó Céilleachair spoke movingly about the journey he and his young family had been on – from the point of Siobhan’s diagnosis, which came as she was pregnant with their third child – to her treatment and then her untimely death.

During her illness Siobhán attended reflexology at the Solas Centre and together the family availed of counselling sessions. Fiachra said the support available has helped him and the children to be resilient in the face of their loss.

“We will never forget the extraordinary person that Siobhán was. In our lives she is a light that will never go out. The Solas Centre is also a resource beyond the ordinary, a light that should be there for others to see and benefit from. Please join us in supporting the South East Run and Walk for Life 2015.”

The money raised from the event will support the services available to members of the public which include confidential listening & support, counselling, massage, reflexology and relaxation therapies, art therapy for children and adults, meditation and yoga and bereavement support.

There are also plans to extend the service into the evening time to accommodate people outside of normal working hours.

The event takes place on October 11th and as well as a ten mile run, there is now an option to take part in the 5km Walk for Life also. Fiachra, a past participant, is proud that his children can now participate alongside him in the walking event as they remember Siobhán.

Commenting on the launch of the two 2015 routes, Dr Brian Creedon stated, “We have been aware for some time now that there has been an intrinsic demand for a much shorter and less taxing route that would allow for greater participation. We listened and on the 11th October you will be able to run 10-miles or walk 5-miles.

“The much shorter route will allow more families to participate and perhaps much more critically it will allow many of our clients from the Solas Centre to participate as well. The 10-mile run was simply too much for many of our clients and I would encourage, where possible, that clients, families, friends of clients, members of the public and supporters of the Solas Centre complete the 5-mile Walk for Life together.

“I am sure that the two options will give much greater choice to participation and we have set a target of seeing 2,015 people take part in this year’s event. Yes, this is a tough target to achieve but we believe that giving people the option of route selection will help us achieve

For further details you can visit or call the Solas Centre on 051 304604.

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