OVER €25,000 is expected to be raised for cancer services in Limerick at the fifth annual Butterfly ball next month.
Some 250 people are due to attend the ball, which will be held on October 6 in the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Ennis Road, and all proceeds will be used to enhance the cancer centre in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital.
This is the only event organised by the Mid-Western Cancer Foundation, which relies solely on the donations from the public.
The foundation was founded five years ago by Professor R. K. Gupta, consultant medical oncologist and director of cancer services at the Regional Hospital.
“This year has been difficult from a financial point of view for everybody personally and professionally. This is especially the case in the HSE with areas under review. Our aim is to complement and co-operate with the HSE to assist the Mid Western Cancer Service,” explained a spokesperson.
They said the foundation continues to receive considerable donations from individuals who have been touched by cancer and treated in their service, as well as their families and friends who have been affected by their experience.
Some of the equipment required by the unit has cost in the region of €250,000, and with continued cutbacks under the Health Service Executive, the foundation said the public’s support is more crucial than ever before.
Two state of the art ultrasound machines were also recently purchased by the foundation following donations from the public.
Recent tranches of funding have also allowed them to recruit temporary staff, replace carpets in the cancer centre, purchase special refrigeration for storage of chemotherapy, and carry out refurbishment works to numerous wards.
Tickets for the ball are €90 per person which includes a champagne reception, a four course meal, complimentary professional photography, and gift bags.
Tickets can be purchased on line. Please visit www.mwcf.ie or by contacting Lisa on 061-210979.