A KERRY charity that offers free support to cancer patients and their families has thanked the people of Kerry for generating over €40,000 through various fundraising initiatives across the county since May.
The Kerry Cancer Support Group (KCSG) - which operates a free bus service for patients to CUH each day - has been overwhelmed by the public response to its summer fundraising drives, which included its Big Bus Barbecue at Ballygarry House Hotel on August 25, which raised an impressive €8,000.
In June, the group again organised its annual walk from Tralee to Castlegregory in memory of the late Jamie Wren, which generated almost €17,000; while the annual Mount Brandon fundraising walk in May raised over €13,500.
Meanwhile, funds are yet to come in from the Glanageenty Walk which took place earlier this month, led by renowned hill walker John Lenihan.
"It has been a very good summer for us and we are extremely grateful to everyone who supported us along the way," said Sean Prendergast of KCSG. "This year's barbecue at Ballygarry was certainly our most successful and it was great to see all or local politicians turning up this time. "We were also so pleased with the walks in Castlegregory and Mount Brandon and can't thank people enough for their support."
With annual outgoings of over €60,000 and absolutely no State support, KCSG relies totally on fundraising to continue its work, which centre on providing emotional, psychological and social support to individuals in need of guidance on their cancer journey.