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Recovery Haven launches 10th anniversary art competition

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As part of Recovery Haven Kerry’s 10th anniversary plans in 2020, the cancer support charity has announced details of its inaugural ‘Haven’ Art and Photography competition.

The service, which closed its doors to the public two weeks ago, cancelling all drop-in services, group sessions and one-to-one therapies, is still operating. However, manager Siobhan MacSweeney has moved to assure clients and the general public that support is still available via email and phone, while counselling sessions can still be arranged.

Adults and children alike are being asked to capture creative images or draw or paint a picture that highlights their haven or place of solace – that place where they find hope on their journey. This can be their home, friends, family or their favourite go-to place, activities or interactions – but the charity is stressing how vital it is that this done in line with new, strict COVID-19 guidelines.

The competition is an acknowledgement of the 10 years of support Recovery Haven Kerry has provided to cancer patients and their families since its foundation in 2010 - now with locations in Killarney, Killorglin and Tralee.

The competition, which is aimed at amateur artists and photographers only, will run from now until the end of July 2020. Prizes will be awarded in three age groups: primary school children, secondary school children and adults, in both art and photography categories – with awards for first, second and third place.

Coming on board to judge the completion are award-winning photographers Valerie O’Sullivan from Killarney and Domnick Walsh from Tralee in the photography category, along with renowned artists Pauline Bewick and daughter Poppy Melia, who will choose the winning art work.

The winners and second and third placed entries in all categories will be acknowledged at a prize-giving ceremony in August and their photos and prints will be used for promotional purposes by Recovery Haven Kerry, including their 2020 Christmas cards. They will also feature in a number of public displays across Kerry’s library network in September.

All entries - photographs and drawings – must be initially submitted via email along with the relevant entry form to: marisa@recoveryhavenkerry.com. The entry form, as well as full competition details and T&Cs can be found at www.recoveryhavenkerry.com from this Friday.

The deadline for entries is Friday, July 31 after which the chosen winners and runners up will be asked to provide hard copies of their entries for the exhibition.

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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