It was all hands on deck at the Council chambers in Derry yesterday as five Independent representatives came together to form a new band of buccaneers to help battle cancer.
Derry Councillors Warren Robinson, Gary Donnelly, Sean Carr and Darren O’Reilly have teamed up with Strabane Councillor Paul Gallagher to form a new ‘Pirates of the Cure-A-Being’ relay team.
They gathered under the Jolly Roger flag in the Guildhall yesterday to announce they have entered a team in a Cancer Research ‘Relay For Life’ 24-hour fundraising event to be held at St Columb’s Park on Saturday, June 24.
The Derry team, under the banner name ‘The Independos’, have now set up a fundraising page on the Cancer Research Relay For Life website.
In a statement on their page, the group said: “We’ll be taking it in turns to walk around the track for the duration of the Relay on June 24 so donate online - it’s quick, easy and totally secure.
“All money raised will support Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research into preventing, controlling and curing all cancers.
“Every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated and your donation will make a real difference!”
The gang also thanked all those who have donated so far and appealed to local people to help support the cause.
Relay For Life is a year-round team fundraising challenge bringing communities together to beat cancer.
The event at St Columb’s Park Sports Track in Derry will start at 3pm next Saturday.