Monday 16 September 2019

Coffee call: Mairead backs campaign for Cancer Society

Cup of cheer: Mary Canavan from Santry, Dublin, Mairead Ronan, Diane Fitzharris Doyle from Co Wexford, and Rose Aherne (3) from Stepaside launch the campaign
Cup of cheer: Mary Canavan from Santry, Dublin, Mairead Ronan, Diane Fitzharris Doyle from Co Wexford, and Rose Aherne (3) from Stepaside launch the campaign

Aoife Walsh

Mairead Ronan is "grateful" for her health after losing her mother to breast cancer at a young age and seeing a close friend with the disease.

The Today FM star said she decided to take part in a new campaign with the Irish Cancer Society for "many reasons", saying: "Number one, I'm female, and my mum passed away with breast cancer when I was just turning 21."

She was speaking at the launch of the Irish Cancer Society's 'Cups Against Breast Cancer' fundraiser.

Ronan said: "The Irish Cancer Society is trying to encourage people to host a coffee morning on October 11 to raise funds for their services. They get over 3,000 calls a year from people who have been diagnosed with cancer, and their family members as well, and they rely heavily on donations."

The broadcaster revealed she is "not reinventing the wheel" for her new two-hour weekday lunchtime slot airing in September, when she will be succeeding Muireann O'Connell.

"Today FM has been a place I've grown up in, so I'm not going into anything I don't know," she added.

Irish Independent

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