Charity auction raises over €6,700 for cancer research

Niamh Dillon

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Niamh Dillon

A recent fundraiser for the Mid-Western Cancer Foundation has raised over €6,700 as part of an “Art for Cure” exhibition held in the Hunt Museum last month.

A recent fundraiser for the Mid-Western Cancer Foundation has raised over €6,700 as part of an “Art for Cure” exhibition held in the Hunt Museum last month.

The event saw over 180 pieces of artwork donated for auction by both amateur painters and more established Limerick artists with prices ranging from €10 to over €400.

“I decided to organise this event to raise money for the cancer foundation as I avail of the service myself and I know how desperately funding is needed,” said organiser Sandra Barrett from Annacotty. “We are thrilled with how much money was raised on the night. We weren’t expecting a figure anywhere near what we raised and we are overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Limerick.”

The Mid-Western Cancer Foundation was founded by Professor R. K. Gupta, Consultant Medical Oncologist and Director of Cancer Services at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick with the aim of providing holistic care for cancer patients as well as ongoing research support.

Ms. Barrett says that it is hoped the “Art for Cure” exhibition will become an annual event for Limerick.

“We think that as more people hear about the work we are doing the event will continue to grow and encourage more people to get involved.”

“I want to sincerely thank all those who have helped make the art exhibition a success. The next event is the ‘Butterfly Ball’ in October and we hope it will be just as well supported,” she added.