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Did you know that over the last seven years that the Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk has raised in excess of €400,000 for Action Breast Cancer and the Irish Cancer Society? Our sincere thanks to all of our volunteers, sponsors, walkers and fundraisers! The committee that organises the event has decided to take a break this year - but we promise to return with renewed energy and enthusiasm and we will host a Walk in June 2018. Meanwhile, thanks again to everyone for their support.
Teacher hopes ribbon track will be No.1 material
Download ‘Put on the Pink Ribbon’ - a feel good summer song in aid of the Irish Cancer Society
A teacher in Tipperary is hoping that he can get his charity single to the top of the charts this summer and make it the first fundraising song to reach the acclaimed number one spot outside of the Christmas period.
Chris Stoodley, a teacher working in an ASD unit in Portroe N.S., Tipperary, co-wrote the song ‘Put on the Pink Ribbon’ with Monika Fallon and is releasing if for download in the hopes of a chart hit that will raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.
Chris, a former contestant on the Voice of Ireland, previously performed the song at the Pink Ribbon Walk in Killaloe, Co. Clare, a major fundraiser for the Society. He has now recorded the track with his band Boho, made up of Monika Fallon, Norma Manly, Cathal Reynolds, Mike O’Brien and Sean Cunningham all from Killaloe and Ballina in Co. Tipperary, and also local choir, The Gunas with Paul Sheeran on piano.
The single - which will be available to download from iTunes and Spotify from Friday May 5th for €1.50 - was recorded for free at Pine Valley Studios, Killaloe by Joe O'Dubhghaill and Chris is hopeful that it will claim the number one spot in the Irish charts the following Friday May 12th.
Chris said, “Five months ago my daughter was born, so now I have a precious daughter, wife, mother, nanny and sister in my life - all very important women and the reason why I want to support women with breast cancer. A charity single has never made it to number one outside of the festive period so I’m hoping we can get to the top of the charts and raise important funds to support people affected by breast cancer through the work of the Irish Cancer Society.”
As part of the launch of the single, Chris and colleague Niamh Egan and Guna’s member and Pink Ribbon committee member Nicola Wood are organising an Eclectic Pinknic Festival at Flanagan’s on the Lake in Ballina/Killaloe on Saturday May 6th from 2pm. Chris and his band will perform the song as part of a fantastic line-up of musical acts including The Frank and Walters. There will also be entertainment at the family-friendly event, including golf and hurling target shooting in to the river Shannon, a landscape art competition, zorbing on water, face painting, raffle and an auction amongst other things.
To download the song, visit iTunes here.
Pictured left to right are Mike O'Brien, Chris Stoodley, Nicola Woods, Cathal Quinn (owner of Flanagans), Annette Neill, Cathal Reynolds, Monika Fallon and Norma Manly.
Kinsale Paints the Town Pink for the Annual Pink Ribbon Fundraiser!
Ireland's Gourmet Capital turned in to a sea of pink on Sunday March 5th 2017 for the Annual Pink Ribbon Walk. The sponsored 10km run/walk in aid of Action Breast Cancer and the Irish Cancer Society is one of the town’s best supported events and this year was no exception.
“We were thrilled to see such a fantastic turn out. More than 750 people registered for this year’s walk and - despite the weather - we had a tremendous turn out. Year after year, the support gets bigger and better and this is a testament to this close-knit community - where many of its members have been affected first hand by the disease. Walks like this can go a long way towards ensuring that the support is there for those who face this battle,” said Mary Kirby O'Donovan, Committee Chairperson.
Pink Ribbon Ambassador and singer Sharon Crosbie once again loaned her support and good cheer to lead the walk along with Martina O’ Brien of the Cork Senior Ladies Football Team. Last year's Walk raised a whopping €43,000 and it is estimated that this year’s figure is in or around €35,000.00 - with some more funds yet to be collected. Every single Euro raised will make a difference to people with cancer and their families throughout Ireland.
Every three minutes in Ireland, someone gets a cancer diagnosis. Every hour, someone dies from cancer. In County Cork alone, more than 4,000 people will hear the words 'you have cancer' this year. Events such as this one are vital to ensure that cancer patients will have access to cutting edge treatments and the best possible care.
“This year, over 30,000 people in Ireland will develop cancer and over 8,000 will die of the disease” added Eileen Kearney, Community Fundraising Manager for Irish Cancer Society.
For further information and photographs, please contact Mary Kirby O'Donovan on 086 352 1860.
Come join us in picturesque Kinsale in County Cork on Sunday March 5th 2017 to walk or run 10 kilometres to benefit Action Breast Cancer - a programme of the Irish Cancer Society. In 2016, you raised an amazing €43,000 for Action Breast Cancer.
Where your sponsorship goes:
€20 can help provide cancer support and information through our helpline or website
€60 can offer four lifts for a cancer patient, taking them to and from hospital for chemotherapy treatment
€350 provides an Irish Cancer Society Night Nurse for a night to care for cancer patients across the country in their own home during the last days of their life.
The RUN starts at 11:45am and the WALK starts at 12 noon. You can pick up an entry form in many local shops and businesses, including Collins Pharmacy and O'Connor's Pharmacy or you can register online here.
We have compiled everything that you need to know about our event in our FAQs section here. Have a query? Please don't hesitate to contact us on 086 271 9556 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to welcoming you to Kinsale on Sunday March 5th!
Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk raises €38,000 for Action Breast Cancer!
The Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk Committee and its main sponsor Specsavers Navan recently presented a cheque for €38,650 to Action Breast Cancer - a programme of the Irish Cancer Society. The money was raised by the almost 600 runners and walkers that participated in this year's event in Kells in County Meath on Sunday October 2nd 2016.
Since its inception in Kells in 2009, annual walks have taken place in three different regions (Kells, Killaloe and Kinsale) to raise more than €1.5 million in sponsorship money for the Irish Cancer Society. The money raised has helped and will help the Society to fund a range of vital services, including the Society’s Collaborative Cancer Research Centre BREAST-PREDICT, the National Cancer Helpline Freefone on 1800 200 700, breast cancer information literature, night nursing facilities, a free transport scheme called Care to Drive and many other essential support services.
“The Society would like to express its sincere thanks to the Boyne Valley Walk Committee and to all of the participants in the event for raising these vital funds to allow us to continue our work," said Irish Cancer Society Community Fundraiser Brenda McCarthy at the cheque presentation.
More Pink Ribbon Walks are planned in Kinsale, Killaloe and Kells this year and the date for the Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk is Sunday October 1st 2017. The committee would like to sincerely thank all of the participants, volunteers and sponsors – particularly Specsavers Navan - that made this fundraising possible. Find more information about the important work of the Irish Cancer Society at www.cancer.ie
(Pictured at the cheque presentation are - left to right: Dee Sloane from Specsavers Navan, Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk Chairperson Penny McGowan and Darren Connolly from Specsavers Navan).
BOYNE VALLEY PINK RIBBON WALK 2016
THE HERITAGE TOWN OF KELLS TURNS PINK TO RAISE MONEY FOR ACTION BREAST CANCER
MORE than 600 men and women took part in the eighth year of the Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk on a beautiful sunny day in Kells last Sunday October 2nd in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.
The participants ran and walked the sponsored 10 kilometre event route in and around the heritage town of Kells. The scenic 10km Run/Walk started and finished in the town centre and took in a route that included Maudlin Bridge and Cherry Hill before going cross country in to fields and the grounds and gardens of Headfort House and ending with participants travelling down the avenue, across Headfort Bridge and back in to Kells via the Slane Road. Some local landowners generously agreed to open their fields for the day - making the route an exclusive one.
The event was chipped and timed and the first male runner home was Michael Reilly in a time of 35.19 and the first female runner home was Ruta Balciune in a time of 42.54.
The aim of the Pink Ribbon Walks is to raise funds for Action Breast Cancer, a programme of the Irish Cancer Society that reaches over 25,000 women a year.
Since its inception in Kells in 2009, the Pink Ribbon Walk has turned in to a national movement with sister walks in Killaloe, Kinsale and Kenmare annually.
Between them, the Pink Ribbon Walks have raised over €1.5 million to date for Action Breast Cancer - funds that have been put towards scientific research programmes, a patient helpline, the Breast Predict programme, cancer literature, night nurses and other essential support services. Visit www.cancer.ie for more information.
The Walk was the brainchild of a group of local Kells women, some of whom have survived breast cancer themselves.
There were great prizes on offer to encourage participants to 'think pink' and dress in fancy dress and there were some very colourful outfits and accessories on display. Walk Patron Colm O'Rourke thanked the crowds before they set off on the route and fitness instructor David Moran of The Fit Factory led a fun warm-up routine. Finally, Celtic Tenor Matthew Gilsenan sang a rousing rendition of Nessun Dorma and then the countdown to the start began.
Following the event, participants were treated to free food kindly sponsored by the Headfort Arms Hotel and musical entertainment provided by Inspire Gospel Choir led by musical director Nessa Olohan.
The people, sporting clubs and businesses of Kells also rowed in behind the event and the heritage town was a sea of pink balloons, bras, flags, ribbons, posters, t-shirts and painted logos and artwork in the weeks leading up to and on the day of October 2nd.
“We would like to thank all of our participants, sponsors and volunteers - as well as everyone that sponsored a Walker,” said Committee Chairperson Penny McGowan. “It was fantastic to see so many new faces taking part this year, as well as welcoming back lots of familiar ones. A lot of voluntary work goes in to organising this event and we were delighted to have so many people participate this year - including plenty of men and many teams, families and three generations from one family.”
Participants were asked to try to raise some sponsorship for Action Breast Cancer and the Irish Cancer Society - with every cent raised going directly to the charity. Please hand in any outstanding sponsorship to the Kells Chamber of Commerce Office in Kells Business Park or to The BookMarket Café on Market Street. You can also lodge your money directly to the Pink Ribbon Walk bank account (details are on your sponsorship card). For further information, phone us on 046 924 0055.
Our thanks to the members of Kells Camera Club for the fantastic photographs. View more images here.
Shay Casserley has also compiled a lovely video of the day. View it here. Thanks to video sponsors Hogans Farm.
We are often asked where your fundraising for the Pink Ribbon Walk goes. The answer is that every cent that you raise for us is passed on directly to the Irish Cancer Society and it really does make a world of difference. It helps the Society to provide a wide range of much needed services to cancer patients and their families. In this lovely article for the Meath Chronicle, three local men who are part of the Society's Volunteer Driver Service and who offer up their free time to bring people to and from their hospital appointments talk about their roles and how it is all about 'giving something back.' Read piece at www.meathchronicle.ie/news/roundup/articles/2016/09/29/4127468-the-volunteers-driven-to-make-a-wheel-difference-in-the-fight-against-cancer/
Pictured left to right are Peter Ludlow, Tony Lawlor and Timothy Ryan (photograph by Tom O'Doherty).
Sign up for the Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk in Kells on Sunday October 2nd in aid of Action Breast Cancer and the Irish Cancer Society. Register online or pick up an entry form in local shops and businesses or call in to Specsavers Navan or The BookMarket Kells seven days a week or phone 046 924 0055. Our thanks to the Meath Herald for this lovely article about our event - check it out in the latest edition or view it here.
Meath Football Legend Colm O'Rourke is proud new patron of the 2016 Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk in Kells on Sunday October 2nd
MEATH footballing legend Colm O'Rourke is the proud new patron of the 2016 Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk! The annual charity event in aid of Action Breast Cancer will take place in and around the heritage town of Kells on Sunday October 2nd. Now in its ninth year, this fundraising movement was started by a group of local women in Kells and it has since grown to include sister events each year in Killaloe, Kinsale and Kenmare. Eight Walks have taken place in Kells, Killaloe has held seven annual Walks, Kinsale has hosted Four Walks and Kenmare has had one – with further events planned in each town in 2017. To date, the Pink Ribbon Walks have raised almost €1.5 million for Action Breast Cancer – a programme of the Irish Cancer Society.
Every cent raised by Pink Ribbon Walk participants goes directly to Action Breast Cancer - which reaches more than 25,000 wommen in Ireland each year that are concerned about breast cancer. Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising at the Irish Cancer Society, attended the recent launch of the Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk in the Headfort Arms Hotel. Mr. Mellett outlined the numerous support services offered by the Irish Cancer Society to cancer patients and their families, including Specialist Night Nurses, the Volunteer Drive to Hospital Scheme, a Phone Help Line and Counselling. Monies raised by the Pink Ribbon Walk also go towards important scientific research in to cancer. "The fantastic money raised by the Pink Ribbon Walks have made and are making a huge difference to thousands of lives each year," said Mr. Mellett (pictured below right with Colm).
New patron Colm O'Rourke pledged his support to the Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk. "It is a privilege to be involved,” he said, adding that he had lost a sibling to cancer and had other family members that had also been affected by the disease. “It is important that we encourage as many people as possible to get out and join in on the day of the walk on October 2nd – particularly men,” he said.
Breast cancer survivor and local woman Maedhbh Rogan-McGann also spoke movingly about her illness and how signing up for the Pink Ribbon Walk helped her achieve her goals on her way to reaching a full recovery. The mum of three was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2012 at the age of 42. Brave Maedhbh ran the 10km Pink Ribbon event in Kells in the autumn of 2013 – only shortly after finishing her treatment – and has now volunteered to join the Walk committee.
This year's 10km route starts and finishes in Kells and will once again take a circular route around Maudlin, Cherry Hill and the grounds of Headfort House. Some local landowners have generously agreed to open their fields for the purpose of the Walk – so the route is exclusively open only for the day of the event. The cross-country/road route showcases some beautiful scenery. The Walk/Run will be chipped and pinned and runners and walkers, men and women, teams, individuals and groups are all welcome. Families (with children over the age of 12) can also take part. Online registration is now open or you can obtain an entry form in many local shops and businesses – or by phone on 046 924 0055. Registration is €20 per person, which includes a sponsorship pack, event t-shirt, medal upon finishing and post-race refreshments and entertainment in the Headfort Arms Hotel. All participants are also asked to try to raise some fundraising for Action Breast Cancer.
“We realise that it's a big ask for people to fundraise in these tight times,” says Walk Chairperson Penny McGowan. “However, we have included some fundraising ideas on our website and in our registration packs - and we assure participants that every cent that they raise will go directly to Action Breast Cancer to help them to continue to provide essential services to families across Ireland. We hope that you will join us in Kells on Sunday October 2nd for the 2016 Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk – it promises to be a fun day out for a very worthy cause!”
Register online here or phone 046 924 0055 or 087 205 5322.
Action Breast Cancer - www.cancer.ie Free helpline 1800 200 700
THE 2016 KILLALOE PINK RIBBON WALK WILL TAKE PLACE AT 12 NOON ON SUNDAY JUNE 26TH
Please note that the 2016 Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk will now take place at the earlier time of 12 noon on Sunday June 26th. This allows people two hours to complete the 10km route before the Ireland v. France match! The party then will be at the Lakeside Hotel with the match showing Live. There will also be music and food and lots more celebrations! Don't forget that the bridge in Killaloe will close for a short period on Sunday June 26th to facilitate the Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk in aid of Action Breast Cancer. Please allow extra travel time to get to the area on the day. Please also note that there will be dedicated parking facilities available. Already registered? You can check in at our dedicated desks at the Lakeside Hotel from 3pm to 6pm on Saturday June 25th and from 9am to 11.15am on Sunday June 26th. There is still time to register online via the website or at the check-in desks this weekend. For queries, phone us on 085 106 4808.