Dogs take lead in can­cer fundraiser

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Christy Parker

About 300 dogs took the lead in a fundrais­ing walk ex­pected to have raised in ex­cess of €5,000 for a can­cer sup­port service in Youghal.

Bark for Arc brought more than a thou­sand walk­ers to the Green Park for a two kilo­me­tre-round jour­ney or­gan­ised by the Friends of Cork ARC Can­cer Sup­port House, which opened in the town last April.

Co-chair of Friends of Cork ARC Can­cer Sup­port House, Tina O’Driscoll, de­scribed the tail-wag­ging turnout as “ex­ceed­ing all ex­pec­ta­tions”.

She thanked “ev­ery­one from across east Cork, west Water­ford and be­yond who par­tic­i­pated in what was won­der­ful day”.

Ms O’Driscoll also re­vealed that the walk is to be an an­nual event.

A car­ni­val at­mos­phere per­sisted un­der grey skies as the walk­ers, in many cases en­tire fam­i­lies, tra­versed the Light­house Hill, con­tin­ued on­wards by the Front Strand prom­e­nade and along the board­walk be­fore cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ing Clay­cas­tle on their re­turn.

Guest of hon­our for the oc­ca­sion was Water­ford hurler Brian O’Hal­lo­ran, whose skills at stick wield­ing and small ball chas­ing nat­u­rally com­manded huge re­spect from all four-legged per­son­nel present.

Another ex­cep­tional walker on the day was Dusty, a 23year-old Shet­land stal­lion owned by lo­cal man Pat ‘Nob­ber’ Daly.

Cork ARC Can­cer Sup­port House caters for peo­ple di­rectly and in­di­rectly af­fected by can­cer across east Cork and west Water­ford.

Treat­ments in­clude coun­selling, touch ther­apy, di­etary as­sis­tance, wel­fare ad­vice and guid­ance on liv­ing with can­cer and after treat­ment.

The service cur­rently runs on Wed­nes­day from 10am to 4pm.

Tele­phone 024-91654/086


Drop-in is avail­able without an ap­point­ment.

Me­gan Burns, mum San­dra, and five-month-old cho­co­late labrador Toby, from Kil­leagh, tak­ing part in the Bark­forArc dog walk in Youghal in aid of Cork ARC Can­cer Sup­port House.

Bark­forArc char­ity walk­ers on a foggy Youghal prom­e­nade.

Lily and Liz Dempsey tak­ing part in Bark­forArc with their dog.

Ed­die Flavin, from Youghal, with 10-month-old cock­apoo Teo.

Bark­forArc dog walk or­gan­iser Tina O’Driscoll with Kate Innes and bi­chon frise shih tzu cross­breed Maisie.

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