OVER 600 walkers will take part in the fifth annual Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk this Sunday in aid of breast cancer services.
Over €280,000 has been raised at the Killaloe walk since 2010, with the popular 10km lakeside walk in the picturesque twin towns of Ballina and Killaloe attracting walkers from all over Munster.
“Almost every family in Ireland has been touched by this disease and the Pink Ribbon walks provide a way to show their support, remember their loved ones, celebrate survival, but also know that you are helping others,” said event ambassador Barbara McMahon.
The Pink Ribbon walks around the country raise much-needed funds for Action Breast Cancer, a programme of the Irish Cancer Society which provides vital services for patients and their families.
These include night nurses, counselling, financial grants but the programme also contributes to the first collaborative breast cancer research facility in the world, Breast Predict.
Technopath, a Ballina-based company that specialises in the supply and manufacture of a wide range of niche technologies to the healthcare and biotechnology sectors, has supported the walk since it began and is the main sponsor again this year.
Registration (for €20) is open at Wood Brothers, at The Lakeside Hotel and online at www.pinkribbonwalk.ie up until this Saturday, June 7. Registration packs must be collected on Saturday from 3-6pm in St Anne’s secondary school, Killaloe, or on Sunday in The Lakeside Hotel from 9-12am.
This year’s walk promises to be bigger and better than before with carnival-themed entertainment for the whole family at The Lakeside Hotel.
The walk starts and finishes at the Lakeside Hotel Ballina at 1pm, and the warm up starts at 12.30. Masseurs, reflexologists and reikists will be on hand after the race. For more information, see www.pinkribbonwalk.ie