Killaloe charity walk raises over €50,000

Walkers crossing the Killaloe/Ballina bridge during the Pink Ribbon Walk in aid of breast cancer. Pictures: Kieran Clancy
OVER €50,000 has been raised by those who supported the annual Pink Ribbon Walk for breast cancer patients around the shores of Lough Derg in glorious sunshine.

OVER €50,000 has been raised by those who supported the annual Pink Ribbon Walk for breast cancer patients around the shores of Lough Derg in glorious sunshine.

And that total will be added to as sponsorship cards and extra donations roll in over the coming weeks.

Over 600 people took part in this year’s walk - the fourth year on which the twin lakeside towns of Ballina and Killaloe have hosted the event.

“It was an inspiring day, with breast cancer survivors walking alongside breast cancer sufferers, young walking with old, sons and daughters walking with mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles walking with nieces and nephews, everyone walking with friends,” said Nicola Wood, chairperson of the Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk.

“It was a very humbling experience, and also a great sign of strength and solidarity. All of us joined together to raise awareness, offer support and raise funds to hopefully help find a cure for breast cancer.”

“Women have a one in 10 chance of developing breast cancer - the most common cancer in the country - and by taking part in a Pink Ribbon Walk, you have helped to raise funds for Action Breast Cancer, a programme of the Irish Cancer Society that supports vital services,” said Nicola.

Glorious blue skies and waters were offset by shocking pink flags and balloons, while bra bunting along the bridge added to the spectacle.

“A special thank you must also go to all the local businesses and residents who have supported us year on year and who helped turn the route and our two towns of Killaloe and Ballina pink for the day,” said Nicola.

More information on the Pink Ribbon Walks in Ireland is available at www.pinkribbonwalk.ie and through Facebook at Facebook.com/pinkribbonwalk