ONE of the most successful charity walks in the Mid West – the Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk, in aid of Action Breast Cancer and the Irish Cancer Society – raised an astounding €73,219 this summer.
This brings the total amount raised since the inception of the walk in Killaloe in 2010 to €209,504.
This year’s cheque was presented by the chairperson of the walk committee, Nicola Wood, to John Mc Cormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society, at a function in the Lakeside Hotel recently. Also present was Stephanie Casey of the ICS.
The Killaloe Pink Ribbon Committee comprising Nicola Wood, Maresa McKeogh, Maria Elliott, Carol Meskell, Karnie Roden, Noreen Stokes, Ruth Vaughan, Carmell de Mello, Rebecca Lloyd, Tracey Larkin and Anna Fahy Ryan worked tirelessly for months to ensure the success of the walk in which over 700 people from far and wide took part back in June. Both Killaloe and Ballina were en fete for the occasion with trees, shop windows, lampposts and gates all decorated in pink. Even the historic Killaloe Bridge had pink bra bunting for the day.
“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.
“It was a very humbling experience, but it was also a sign of strength and solidarity. All of us joined together to raise awareness, offer support and hopefully to help find a cure for breast cancer,” she added.
Women, she said, have a one in ten chance of developing breast cancer with a total of 310 women from the Mid-West diagnosed last year.