Pink umbrella walk for cancer society
THERE was the sight of bobbing pink umbrellas across North Cork as hundreds of people took part in a fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society.
There were 80 Centra Pink umbrella walks which took place nationwide and raised €28,800. In total €145,000 was raised for the Irish Cancer Society.
There were 15 walks held across the Rebel county with Centra's in Millstreet, Fermoy, ,Charleville, Mallow and Mitchelstown all taking part.
Funds generated from sales of pink umbrellas and pink milk cartons in Centra stores will go towards the Get the Girls campaign, which funds the Irish Cancer Society's Action Breast Cancer programme.
The Society's Action Breast Cancer programme provides breast cancer information and support services to women across Ireland as well as funding breast cancer research. Over 325 women from Cork were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and it is estimated that one in 10 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.
The work of the Society over the last 10 years has meant that women are now detecting changes at much earlier stages, leading to earlier diagnosis. As a result, over 80 per cent of women are now surviving breast cancer for five years or longer, an increase of 10.6 per cent on rates between the years 20022006.