Huge Crowds Help Fight Breast Cancer in Clonakilty

Over seven hundred West Cork people turned out to walk the “Pink Ribbon 4 miles” on the October bank holiday Monday in Clonakilty.

The crowds donned their pink and helped raise over €7,000 for the organisation. The event is in its ninth year and was organised this year by breast cancer survivors Therese Hayes and Teresa O’Neill of Fernhill House Hotel & Gardens. It has raised almost €8,000 so far in addition to a huge amount of important awareness of the disease.

Committee member Teresa O’Neill said that. ‘We are delighted with the turnout. Breast cancer effects so many women in our communities but thankfully survival rates have increased by 7% in recent years. This is down to research into fighting breast cancer and early detection due to increased screening. The awareness generated by events like pink ribbon walks is also very important. The increase in survival rates is of course very welcome but we would also like to say that our thoughts & prayers are with the loved ones of those who have not been as fortunate.’

The walkers of all ages set off at 3pm for the four-mile walk round trip from Fernhill House Hotel & Gardens. By 5pm, the walkers returned to the hotel where they were treated to fabulous complimentary pink refreshments including savoury snacks, pink champagne, ice-cream and delicious pink cupcakes. A candle was lit to remember people who have been lost to breast cancer.
Committee member Therese Hayes noted that ‘We would like to thank everyone for taking the time to come out and support the fight against breast cancer.

It was a great show of support for the people who are effected by cancer and their families. The day was a tremendous success and the feedback from all involved was excellent. It is a real community day. Hopefully, it will encourage more people to get active as a healthy lifestyle helps to prevent cancer. I am sure that the money raised will help to fight breast cancer and the awareness created will hopefully save lives as early detection is crucial.’

For more information about breast cancer and other forms of the disease please see www.cancer.ie

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