Limerick's metro-mayor to host Lollipop Day fundraiser in fight against cancer

Maria Flannery

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Maria Flannery

Limerick Metropolitan Mayor Sean Lynch will host the coffee morning

Limerick Metropolitan Mayor Sean Lynch will host the coffee morning

THE ANNUAL Lollipop Day collection for oesophageal cancer is set to take place in Limerick on the weekend of February 23 and 24, to raise vital research funding for the disease.

Limerick Metropolitan Mayor Sean Lynch will also host a coffee morning on Tuesday, February 20 between 10am and 12pm at City Hall.

Ireland has one of the highest rates of oesophageal cancer in Europe, with almost 400 new cases diagnosed every year – a number expected to rise to at least 800 by 2040, according to the National Cancer Registry Ireland.

“I know that times are still tough for a lot of people, but I would ask them to support Lollipop Day because we receive no state funding, we are totally reliant on fundraising income,” said organiser Noel Walsh.

The people of Limerick were very generous in last year’s Lollipop Day collection, raising €21,000 for oesophageal cancer research.

When Noel contracted oesophageal cancer 14 years ago, he had never heard of the disease.

Noel was one of the lucky ones, and he survived the tough treatment and surgery. “I was very grateful and I wanted to give something back to the Irish Oesophageal Cancer Fund (OCF) – the organisation that raises awareness and provides funding for research,” he said.

If you are free to give an hour to help fundraising for this very worthy cause please contact Noel at: nandpwalsh@eircom.net