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Recovery Haven’s ‘Celebration of Light’ moves online

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Recovery Haven, Tralee.

With COVID-19 playing havoc with charity activities right around the county, cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, has chosen to move its annual Celebration of Light ceremony online.

The charity will host the event on its Facebook page tomorrow (Thursday) at 8pm and are inviting the public to join with them for the virtual ceremony which aims to celebrate those touched by cancer and remember those we have lost.

The charity, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, has been working extremely hard to ensure that the uniqueness of this poignant event remains at the heart of the online ceremony, with all the usual prayers, readings and blessings remaining.

Among those taking part in the ceremony include Recovery Haven founder, Marian Barnes, the charity’s patron Dick Spring, 2009 Kerry Rose Sally Ann Leahy and Rose Hotel owner and valued Recovery Haven supporter, Eibhlín Henggler - who will participate in the ceremony from her home in the US.

The virtual event, which has been beautifully compiled by the Ballymac CE scheme, will be MC’d by Sean Lyons and will also feature a performance from Kerry Choral Union. The emotional release of candles and stones will also form part of the celebration from Banna Strand, with the valued support of Banna Sea Rescue.

“While we are extremely disappointed that we cannot hold our event at the beautiful backdrop of Tralee Bay Wetlands this year, we are confident that the significance of this very special event will not be lost in our virtual alternative,” said Recovery Haven PR and Marketing officer, Marisa Reidy.

“We have seen year after year how truly special this event is and how poignant the ceremony is to those touched by cancer, so instead of cancelling it altogether we were determined to offer the best possible alternative.”

The charity is now calling on the people of Kerry to join them on Facebook on the night for what promises to be a truly special virtual experience.

“Because people cannot be with us in person and release their candles into the water, we would love for them to light a candle in their home or community and, if they wish, take a photo and tag Recovery Haven on Facebook so we can share and acknowledge their valued participation,” Marisa added.

The charity is selling special anniversary candles at their house at 5 Haig’s Terrace Tralee between 11am and 1pm while a GoFundMe page will also be set up if anyone wishes to donate on the night in lieu of buying their candles directly, as they would have done in previous years.
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Meanwhile, two intimate Celebration of Light ceremonies will also take place on the same night at Tarbert Pier and Ballyheigue Beach at 8pm, but organisers are stressing that anyone attending these events must please adhere to all social distancing rules and restrictions to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

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The tax you’re really paying for your health

By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness With the budget just squared away, there’s always an air of “how did I do out of it?” In Ireland, we enjoy a public healthcare system which is touted to become a universal healthcare system. Maybe “enjoy” is the wrong word. We have it, and we use it, and, […]

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

With the budget just squared away, there’s always an air of “how did I do out of it?”

In Ireland, we enjoy a public healthcare system which is touted to become a universal healthcare system. Maybe “enjoy” is the wrong word.

We have it, and we use it, and, of course we pay for it. We justify the constant ratcheting-up of our tax burden to pay for rising health-care costs. That tax is on our wallets.

We also pay another type of tax: When we’re unhealthy, we don’t get to do the things we like. When we’re overweight, we don’t always say “YES!” when our kids ask to go to the swimming pool.
When we’re unfit, we don’t take our buddy’s invitation for a weekend hiking and camping trip. We can’t start jogging because our knees hurt; can’t lift weights because our back hurts; can’t cut down calories because we feel we need the energy.

Those things are taxes. Physical taxes, but they’re not the worst taxes we pay.

The worst tax we pay is the mental tax.

When we’re self-conscious about our fitness or health, we don’t want to start exercising. We don’t want to look dumb or fail.

We don’t want to start a new lifestyle because our families will say “good for you”, because they know we need it, or they’ll say “you don’t need that …” and lie. Or they’ll roll their eyes because they know we’ve failed before.

When we’ve been away from the gym for four months, we don’t want to do that first workout because we’re going to be last. It’s going to suck and we might get embarrassed.

SELF IMPOSED TAX

The Government makes us pay financial tax, but the other two – physical and mental – are self-imposed.

No one cares if you’re slow.

No one cares if you finish last.

No one cares if you blow your nutrition this week and have to start all over again.

You’d stop caring about what others thought about you if you realised how rarely they actually do.

Everyone thinks about themselves, mostly. That’s the tax they’re paying – and most of us overpay.

We’re taxed enough. Stop worrying about what you look like and start caring about what makes you feel good.

If you’d like to start taking steps in the right direction with your health and fitness, call in for a free consultation with us at Activate. Visit www.activate.ie/free-intro for more information.

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Tractor run raises €500 for charity

By Sean Moriarty Members of Killarney Valley Vintage and Classic Club raised €500 for the Kerry Mental Health Association during their first tractor run since April 2019. 30 tractors took part on Sunday including two rare Ford 3000s from 1974 and an even rarer Zetor Crystal from 1980. Departing from the club’s new ‘Vintage Shed’ […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Members of Killarney Valley Vintage and Classic Club raised €500 for the Kerry Mental Health Association during their first tractor run since April 2019.

30 tractors took part on Sunday including two rare Ford 3000s from 1974 and an even rarer Zetor Crystal from 1980.

Departing from the club’s new ‘Vintage Shed’ on Lewis Road, the convoy travelled to the communications mast near Coolick in Kilcummin, where participants enjoyed views of the wider Castleisland district and Killarney Valley.

“Some of the drivers were never up there before and they were amazed with the views across the two valleys,” organiser Tom Leslie told the Killarney Advertiser.

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