'Giving a Little Back' to breast care at UHL

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

'Giving a Little Back' to breast care at UHL

Children of all ages turned out for the launch of Giving a Little Back, a fundraiser which takes place this Sunday at HDA, Herbertstown

FOUR years after receiving “a life-changing diagnosis” Juliette O’Connell will get on her bike this Sunday and  cycle her heart out to raise much needed funds for the breast cancer care unit at University Hospital Limerick.

The mother-of-three will be joined by scores of friends and supporters who have signed up to take part in either a 60km cycle, a 5km run, a 5km family cycle or a 5km walk from HDA, Hertbertstown.

“It is going from strength to strength - this is our fourth year running it and, to date, we have raised €14,000 for Limerick Regional Breast Mid-West,” explained Juliette of the fundraiser entitled Giving a Little Back.

Juliette experienced what she describes as the toughest year of her life in 2012 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Thanks to the care she receives at UHL Juliette, who is originally from Herbertstown but is living in Kilteely says she is doing “very well” at the moment.

“I would love to make more money for the Regional  - they are just a phonecall away,” she explained.

“It’s great to have that bit of comfort and peace of mind because when you go through something like that it just changes your life forever,” she added.

Registration for the 60km cycle and the 5km family cycle (two adults and as many children as you like) costs €20 each while the 5km run and 5km walk costs €10. Cyclists taking part in the event must wear helmets. Registration for the events takes place from 8am on Sunday.

“There is something for everybody - even if people don’t want to take part in the events you can come along and register - you go into a free raffle and we have numerous prizes,” said Juliette.

“There is a barbecue, live music, bouncy castles, face painting - loads going on for children and all the family,” she added.