500 par­tic­i­pants raise €7k for char­ity after bank-hol­i­day Pink Rib­bon Walk

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Áilín Quin­lan

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.

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