WALKERS and runners taking part in the sixth annual Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk will certainly begin on a ‘high note’ this year, with two outstanding local choirs set to lift their spirits at the start of the 10km fundraiser.
This year’s walk, on Sunday, June 28, is set to be the biggest event to date, according to committee chairperson, Carmell Demello.
Tributes were paid at the launch to Nicola Wood, wife of former rugby star Keith Wood, who has been chairperson of the event for the past five years.
Almost 800 people took part last year and it is hoped that entries could surpass that number this year.
The Killaloe Pink Ribbon is open to runners as well as walkers, both male and female, while the event will raise funds for breast cancer services.
“The entire communities of Ballina and Killaloe have really taken the Pink Ribbon Walk to heart, with local shops and businesses dressing their windows and turning the two small villages into a sea of pink. Even the bridge is lined from end to end with pink bras flying proudly to remind people of the real cause, Action Breast Cancer,” said Ms Demello.
Then when the walk is over, entrants and their families are invited back to the Lakeside hotel for a garden party with a band, kids entertainment and a fun family day out.
Funds raised by Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walks have already helped with the implementation of the Daffodil Centre in Limerick, which was recently opened providing vital information and support for cancer sufferers and their families in the Mid West.
Statistics show that one in 10 Irish women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Entry is priced at €20. To register see www.pinkribbonwalk.ie