500 participants raise €7k for charity after bank-holiday Pink Ribbon Walk
Some 500 people gave up their bank-holiday afternoon to participate in a walk and raise an estimated €7,000 for cancer.
As part of the ninth Clonakilty Pink Ribbon Walk, the awareness event has to date raised some €70,000 for Action Breast Cancer.
Families and people of all ages including some pushing buggies, and many walkers from various locations, including Dublin, undertook the four-mile walk.
More families than usual participated in the charity event, which began at 3pm last bank-holiday Monday at Fernhill House Hotel in Clonakilty, and proceeded around the outskirts of the town before returning to the hotel where participants were served complementary refreshments including pink champagne and pink cupcakes.
“There were more families out than usual,” said Teresa O’Neill, who organised the walk along with Therese Hayes and Liz O’Regan. “In fact, we had in the region of 500 people of all ages.”
Although the full extent of the day’s takings had not been totalled when she spoke to
, she said the organisers confidently expected the final sum to be in the region of €7,000, “about similar to last year”.
People get involved in the Pink Ribbon Walk for many reasons. Some may have lost loved ones to breast cancer or they may just want to support wo m e n w h o h a ve g o n e through breast cancer,
The walk raises both money and awareness of the disease.
Ms O’Neill emphasised that all money raised during the event would be donated to the Irish Cancer Society for breast cancer research.
She paid warm tribute to the support of stewards who ensured walkers were safe, along with the Red Cross and representatives of An Garda Síochána.
Janice, Alicia, and Eavan Kelly, Ballinacarriga, at the Pink Ribbon Walk in aid of the Irish Cancer Society at Fernhill Hotel.