Climbers donate €127,521 to cancer research project
LAST Friday morning novice mountaineers from Greystones handed over a very generous cheque for €127,521 to the Irish Cancer Society, in aid of cancer research and to Greystones Cancer Support.
The staggering amount was raised through various fundraising efforts by the team when they climbed the highest mountain in the British Isles, Ben Nevis in Scotland back in February.
A smaller team of six had climbed Ben Nevis, which is 4,400 feet high cliffs, in April last year and raised €55,000.
And so over a whopping €180,000 has been raised for the two charities over the last two years, largely through individual donations.
‘Cancer has touched every one of us on the Ben Nevis Climb for Cancer team either directly or indirectly so we were honoured to take on this challenge and thank all of our family, friends and colleagues in Greystones, especially our key sponsor, Eddie Rockets who supported us.
We know that the €180,000 has and will be put to tremendous use by these two charities and will have an impact on those diagnosed with cancer,’said Barry Geoghegan speaking on behalf of the Ben Nevis Climb for Cancer team.
The monies generated from the last two years by the Ben Nevis Climb for Cancer will be channelled into cancer research at the Irish Cancer Society and Greystones Cancer Support, based at La Touche place.
‘Greystones Cancer Support would like to extend its deep gratitude to Barry Geoghegan and the 2007 and 2008 Ben Nevis Climb for Cancer Teams.
Their hard work shows just how much they care about those in their community who are in need.
With their help and generosity, Greystones Cancer Support can now continue its work and increase its range of services,’ said Councillor Kathleen Kelleher, Administrative Co-ordinator, Greystones Cancer Support.
The Greystones mountaineers hand over the cheque for €127,521 to the Irish Cancer Society to boost research funds.