Community: Kick Cancer Into Touch held its 12th annual touch rugby charity tournament to benefit cancer care on Saturday.
Photo: Jessica Theis
Touch rugby players of all levels took to the field over the weekend for a good cause during the 12th annual Kick Cancer Into Touch charity tournament.
More than 100 players and spectators participated in the fundraiser, which took place at the Rugby Club of Luxembourg’s Cessange site on Saturday.
Touch rugby is a six-a-side non-contact form of rugby played on a half sized pitch, often with mixed gender and mixed age teams.
Mea Shepard set up Kick Cancer Into Touch with former RCL player Joe Lister more than a decade ago.
Shepard and her husband Tim used to run the barbeque at the club’s summer seven-a-side tournament. When he succumbed to cancer, she and Lister decided to raise funds for cancer charities such as Omega 90, which was Luxembourg’s first cancer hospice, and the summer event became the annual touch rugby tournament.
In addition to the tourney itself, the day featured a barbeque feast, while children partook in entertainment such as a bouncy castle and face painting.
This year’s event raised, as of Sunday evening, €1,500 to benefit Omega 90 and Kriibs Krank Kanner, an organisation that supports families and children affected by cancer. The group runs several financial, psychological and practical support programmes.