Your Torch of Hope - Sunday 8th November 2020

Join ARC for YOUR very special 2020 Torch of Hope on November 8th!

Watch what the Torch of Hope means to people here. 

Watch Rebecca's story here.

Over the years the Torch of Hope Relay has meant so much to us all. A relay that took place around Dublin Bay on a crisp evening in October where hundreds of people who have been affected by cancer came together for an afternoon of fun, reflection, laughter, tears, and great memories.  All funds raised ensure that ARC Cancer Support Centres' vital services are kept going which are free of charge to men and women who have been effected by cancer and their loved ones.

The Torch of Hope Relay was always and still is a unique experience and we want to keep the momentum going, albeit not in its usual fashion. It's all about showing solidarity and empathy and that we are there for each other. In previous years the Torch of Hope Relay would normally start with separate groups departing simultaneously from two locations – the Wooden Bridge in Dollymount on the Northside, and Blackrock Park on the Rock Road on the Southside. Both groups would have converged at the Sean O'Casey Bridge over Dublin's River Liffey as the sun was setting (in most cases!). This would lead us to a Survivors' Celebration Lap to the nearby CHQ building, where the Torch of Hope cauldron was lit and the closing ceremony held. This was followed by a fantastic evening of entertainment, including a special musical treat from singer, and one of our longest standing ambassadors Christy Dignam of Aslan.

The coronavirus pandemic means that for this year’s Torch of Hope, we simply can’t gather together in large numbers as we normally would…but we shall adapt….we won’t be beaten! So, we are asking YOU to go the extra mile this year as we move our annual TOH campaign online! We promise it’s going to be an amazing one!!

That’s right, we want you and all of our wonderful supporters to host your own walk, in your own town, village or community. It’s the perfect way for you, your family and friends to celebrate and support the ones you love in your own way, and in your own area.

There are three simple ways you can go the extra mile this year:

  • Host your own Torch of Hope walk with family and friends. You could mirror the original Torch of Hope walk and have two groups walk from opposite directions to meet at a local landmark or beauty spot. Or you can simply walk with friends or on your own. And we really are going the extra mile, because this year, we are adding an extra mile to the Torch of Hope route (making it approximately five miles long) – to symbolise the amazing effort everyone is making to support each other. So why not add an extra mile to your own walk? All that matters is that you take part and celebrate and support the people you know who have been affected by cancer. 
  • Go the extra mile by taking on a challenge of your own choosing. All we’re asking is that you go the extra mile in some way that will help to raise some money. Cake sale, dance-a-thon, sponsored silence with kids. Hop, swim or cycle the distance of our normal Torch of Hope route. You choose.
  • And, if all that sounds like too much effort – or too much fun – you can always just make a special Torch of Hope gift to help raise vital funds for ARC’s life-changing cancer services

In line with the Health Executive guidelines surrounding COVID-19 restrictions they are not encouraging people to go to events and sadly with this in mind we have taken the decision to cancel our Torch of Hope livestream event at 4pm on Sunday 8th November - but don't worry we will be celebrating and marking this special occasion on our social media channels!

All you have to do to take part is register your event here and sign up for this year’s Torch of Hope today!

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