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Save the Date! We are delighted to announce that the 10th Anniversary Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon 10km Walk and Run will take place in the heritage town of Kells at 2pm on Sunday October 7th 2018. Join us to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society and save lives.
Registration costs €20 - which includes an event t-shirt, chipped and pinned race number, a medal for everyone that completes the course and post-event refreshments and entertainment. Every cent of money that participants fundraise will go directly to the Irish Cancer Society to help to support a wide range of vital services for cancer patients and their families.
It is our 10th anniversary this year so we really want to mark it by making this our biggest and best Walk ever! So gather the family or get a gang of friends or work colleagues together and come and join us in Kells. Online registration is now open here and you will find all of the information that you need on our website, including tips on fundraising, tips about training, an explanation of how the money that you raise helps the Irish Cancer Society and a very comprehensive FAQs Section.
We are also delighted to reveal that sportswoman and coach Anna Geary is our Ambassador for 2018 and will be in Kells on the day to lead the warm-up before the event and to lead off the Walk.
We have a new 10km route this year that we hope that you will enjoy. Check out the two photographs and route description below or view the map in more detail here.
We hope to see you in Kells in County Meath on Sunday October 7th 2018!
Here is the Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk 10th Anniversary New Route. You can view a handy PDF of the route here.
* Start in the Church Car Park on Headfort Place. Anna Geary will be with us on the day for the warm up and to lead off the Run/Walk.
* Turn left and carry on up to the Fair Green. Cross the Fair Green and turn left on to the Cavan Road.
* Cross the Cavan Road at the Fairgreen - staying on the pavement - carry on the Cavan Road to the First Roundabout on the N52.
* Turn right on to the N52 and staying in to the side, carry on to the next roundabout.
* Going around the roundabout, turn left on to the Moynalty Road (N64).
* Cross the stone bridge and then take the first turn left on to a quiet country road.
* Take the first right turn (4 Kilometres in to Run/Walk) and carry on for around three-quarters of a kilometre to the First Right Turn back on toKm to the Moynalty Road (R164).
* Go straight across the R164 at the staggered cross roads (Dulane Cross).
* Follow this winding road for 2 kilometres to First Right Turn (6 Kilometres in to Run/Walk in to Williamstown.
* After 1 kilometre, cross the N52 (at Mullaghea Church) and carry on up Cherryhill.
* At the top of Cherryhill, turn right down to Maudlin Bridge. At the bridge, turn left, heading back in to Kells.
* Follow the footpath back in to Kells, turning left at Castle Street corner on to John Street for the finishing line in front of the Bank of Ireland.
Well Done, You’ve DONE IT! Now the fun begins!
* Carry on down Headfort Place to the Kenlis Suite of The Headfort Arms Hotel, where you will be presented with your special edition 10th Anniversary Medal (sponsored by Specsavers) and enjoy complimentary refreshments (Tea/Coffee and a burger - generously sponsored by The Headfort Arms). Enjoy the Bank of Ireland Expo on Healthy Living and be part of our Closing Ceremony with The Inspire Gospel Choir.
* We hope you enjoy your BIG PINK DAY OUT and raise lots of funds for The Irish Cancer Society - Everyone Deserves A Lifetime...
Will You Walk With Us?
The 2018 Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walk was postponed from Sunday March 4th due to the snow and it will now take place at 12 noon on Sunday April 8th. The annual Pink Ribbon Walk is a charity event in aid of Action Breast Cancer and the Irish Cancer Society and it will take place in and around the heritage town of Kinsale. Now in its seventh year, this fundraising movement was started by a group of local women in Kinsale led by Jackie Dawson . To date, the Pink Ribbon Walks have raised almost €1.5 million for Action Breast Cancer - a programme of the Irish Cancer Society.
The 2017 Walk raised just under a staggering €40,000. Well done to all that contributed to achieving this amount - without the support of the town of Kinsale and the greater community (even as far as Dublin) along with the participation of the runners and walkers, this ongoing fundraising would not be possible.
This year's 10km Route starts and finishes in Kinsale town centre and the road route showcases some breath taking coastal views along the way. Personal trainer and Pilates Instructor Debbie Keane will be out in force leading the pre-walk warm up for all participants in the town park from 11.30am. View the map in more detail here.
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 registration forms locally from both O’Connor and Kinsale Pharmacies.
The registration fee is €20 per person, which includes a sponsorship pack, event t-shirt, medal upon finishing and post-race refreshments and entertainment with our walk Ambassador Sharon Crosbie and Band at Actons Hotel. All participants are also asked to try to raise as much sponsorship money as you can for Action
You can collect your t-shirt and race number at the Check-In Desk in the Temperance Hall (Kinsale Town Centre) between 12pm and 6pm on Saturday April 7th or between 10am and 11.45am on the morning of the walk on Sunday April 8th . If you have already collected your sponsorship money, then you can also hand it in at the Check-In Desk over the weekend of the walk or at Kinsale AIB Branch (details are on sponsorship cards and in our FAQs section).
“We realise that it is a big ask for people to fundraise in the current economic climate” says Walk Chairperson Mary Kirby O Donovan. “However, we have included some fundraising ideas on our website 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 and reach more than 25,000 women that are concerned about breast cancer."
We hope that you will join us on Sunday April 8th for the 2018 Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walk – we promise that it will be a fun day out for a very worthy cause!”
Register online via our website or contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the Pink Hotline on 086 271 9556. Find out more information and our FAQs Section here.
We are delighted to reveal that the 2017 Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walk raised a whopping €39,736 for Action Breast Cancer and the Irish Cancer Society. Pictured are Nicola McMahon - Community Fundraiser with the Irish Cancer Society (Munster Region), Mary Kirby O'Donovan - Chairperson Kinsale Pink Ribbon Committee and Fiona O'Mahony - Kinsale Pink Ribbon Committee. This fundraising went directly to the Irish Cancer Society to help them to continue to run a wide range of support services for cancer patients and their families. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our participants, sponsors, supporters and volunteers for another very successful event.
Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk raises €42,550 for Action Breast Cancer!
The Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk Committee recently presented a cheque for €42,550 to Dr. Robert O'Connor - Head of Research at the Irish Cancer Society.
The money was raised by almost 600 runners and walkers that participated in this year's 10km event in Kells in County Meath on Sunday October 1st 2017.
Since its inception in Kells in 2009, annual walks have taken place in three different regions (Kells, Killaloe and Kinsale) and have resulted in more than €1.5 million in sponsorship money for the Irish Cancer Society. The money raised has helped and will continue to help the Irish Cancer Society to fund a range of vital services, including their 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 – as well as ongoing scientific research.
“The Irish Cancer Society would like to express our sincere gratitude 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 Dr. O'Connor at the cheque presentation in The BookMarket Café in Kells.
More Pink Ribbon Walks are planned next year and the date for the Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk is set for Sunday October 7th 2018. The Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk recently won the Best Non Profit category at the Meath Business & Tourism Awards. Next year marks the 10th anniversary of the Walk and there are plenty of celebrations planned around the event.
The committee would like to sincerely thank all of the participants, volunteers and sponsors - particularly Bank of Ireland branches in Louth and Meath and Specsavers Navan - that made this fundraising possible. Find more information about the important work of the Irish Cancer Society at www.cancer.ie
(Photograph Credit: Seamus Farrelly)
We are delighted to reveal that the Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk was named as the Best Non-Profit Organisation at the 2017 Meath Business & Tourism Awards at a gala black-tie ceremony in the Newgrange Hotel in Navan on the evening of Friday November 24th. Pictured are our Chairperson Penny McGowan and Jess Olohan with the prestigious award. Well done to all of our hard-working voluntary committee - and our sincere thanks to our Walk participants, volunteers and corporate sponsors for all of their ongoing support! It is a lovely accolade ahead of our 10th anniversary event on Sunday October 7th 2018 - and we hope that you can join us.
Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk Presents A Night of Breast Cancer Research & Information on Wednesday October 25th
Breast cancer researchers will discuss advances being made in the fight against breast cancer at a free event presented by the Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk in The Lakeside Hotel in Ballina on Wednesday October 25th.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and BREAST-PREDICT researchers Amelia Smith and Michelle Lowry, whose work is reliant on money raised through events like the Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk, will talk about their work and progress being made in diagnosing and treating breast cancer.
BREAST-PREDICT is a nationwide collaboration of breast cancer researchers, coming together with the aim to improve the lives of people diagnosed with breast cancer.
The event takes place from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday October 25th and tea & coffee will be served on arrival.
Amelia will talk about her research project, which focuses on statins - medications that are widely used for cholesterol-lowering and the prevention of heart disease. She hopes to determine if they can also improve survival and outcomes in women with breast cancer. Michelle is studying a type of breast cancer called HER2-positive breast cancer. She is trying to find ways to determine which patients will respond to a new cancer drug called Neratinib. The goal is to better predict which therapies are best for each patient, thus giving all breast cancer patients the best possible chance at a long and healthy life.
The Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk, which ran from 2010 to 2016, served as a vitally important fundraiser for breast cancer research and raised €412,000 over seven years to fund the work of Irish Cancer Society’s researchers and also supports for people affected by breast cancer. In order to continue funding lifesaving research and free support services for cancer patients, new committee members are needed to help organise the highly popular event in 2018. Information on the 2018 walk and how you can get involved in the committee will be discussed at the talk.
Lorraine Toner, Community Fundraiser, Irish Cancer Society, said, “The Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk was hugely popular locally with pink fever taking over the village every year. People attended from Clare, Tipperary, Limerick and indeed further afield as the whole village got behind the initiative. We are so thankful to the committee who led out on the event for seven years, investing a huge amount of time and effort in to organising such a fantastic event while raising vital funds to support the fight against breast cancer. We would love to get the event up and running again next year to help fund more research and supports for breast cancer patients. For more information on how to get involved join us on October 25th or contact me on 087 793 6499.”
Isabella Bray, Research Manager at the Irish Cancer Society, who will also speak at the event, said, “Breast cancer is not just one disease, but rather a collection of different subtypes. Because of this, BREAST PREDICT researchers look at ways that treatments can be personalised to treat these specific types. This personalised approach to research has greatly improved the way breast cancer is now diagnosed. Better, earlier diagnosis increases a patient’s chance of survival. Today, survival rates for breast cancer have increased to 85% over five years.
“While increasing survival rates are hugely significant, we must not become complacent when it comes to stopping breast cancer in all its forms. Continued investment in research will mean better patient care, better outcomes, and will hopefully bring us one step closer to overcoming this disease. That is why the Irish Cancer Society’s continued investment in cancer research – funded through local community events like the Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk – is so essential. To hear more about breast cancer research and how you can help, please come along to this free event.”
Read Nenagh Guardian article here.
BOYNE VALLEY PINK RIBBON WALK OCTOBER 1ST 2017
THE HERITAGE TOWN OF KELLS TURNS PINK TO RAISE MONEY FOR ACTION BREAST CANCER
MORE than 500 men and women registered for the ninth year of the Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk in Kells on Sunday October 1st 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 Conor McManus in a time of 42 minutes and 40 seconds and the first female runner home was Kay Smith in a time of 43.14. All of the participants' finishing times are published here.
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 almost €1.5 million to date for the Irish Cancer Society - 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. Find more information here.
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. Personal trainer, author and broadcaster Karl Henry was on hand to launch the event and lead a warm-up routine beforehand.
Following the event, participants were invited to a free Bank of Ireland Kells Enterprise Town Healthy Living Expo in the Headfort Arms and were also treated to to free food kindly sponsored by the Headfort Arms Hotel. The moving Pink Party featured tributes to attending breast cancer survivors and wonderful musical entertainment by Inspire Gospel Choir led by musical director Nessa Olohan. Irish Cancer Society CEO John McCormack was in attendance and spoke about the importance of fundraisers like the Pink Ribbon Walk in helping to advance cancer research.
The people, sporting clubs and businesses of Kells also rowed in behind the event and the town was a sea of pink balloons, flags, ribbons, poster and t-shirts in the weeks leading up to and on the day of October 1st.
“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 the Irish Cancer Society - with every cent raised going directly to the charity. You have until the end of November to continue to fundraise and to hand in your sponsorship money to any participating Bank of Ireland branch in Counties Louth and Meath. You can also lodge your money directly to the Pink Ribbon Walk bank account in Bank of Ireland Kells (details are on your sponsorship card). For further information, phone 046 924 0055.
Lastly, save the date of Sunday October 7th 2018 for the TENTH annual Pink Ribbon Walk!
Watch this lovely Meath Daily video from the day here.
View hundreds of fantastic photographs from the day on our Facebook page here.