Majella's 'Late Late Show' head shave already raises €250,000
MAJELLA O'Donnell's brave and inspiring decision to have her head shaved live on TV had raised a staggering €250,000 in donations by yesterday.
Such was the response to Majella's appearance on the Late Late Show on Friday that the text lines, phone lines and website of the Irish Cancer Society crashed under the weight of people trying to donate money.
Society spokeswoman Grainne O'Rourke said she had been left "overwhelmed" by the public's reaction.
"The donations are still coming in. At one stage, 100 people were queuing on the phone lines to place a donation. We knew it would get a reaction, but we had no idea whatsoever that it would create this level of a response," she said.
"To say we were overwhelmed would be putting it mildly."
Ms O'Rourke said she believed the strength and attitude Majella has shown in the face of the disease opened the hearts of the nation.
"I think it was a mixture of the impact cancer has on people and the incredible courage shown by Majella doing what she did.
"People were inspired by the attitude she was taking, and it moved them to donate in the midst of all the doom and gloom that is out there."
"One in three of us will get a diagnosis at some stage in our lives, so everybody has been affected by cancer in some shape or form, whether it is themselves, close family or in their circle of friends."
"We want to thank Majella for her bravery and to let the public know that the donation lines are open all weekend. So if you couldn't get through the first time, please do try again."
The businesswoman and wife of singer Daniel revealed how she can't pray for herself because it makes her think too much.
"I can't sit down and say 'God help me' because I don't feel that I need help.
"I can't pray for myself because I can't think about it that much.
"I can't explain it, and if it was a friend of mine diagnosed with cancer I'd be praying for them, but I can't seem to do it for myself.
"I know that so many people are praying for me and that amount of power creates power.
"I'm only speaking for myself...I don't feel sick," she told Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show as she explained that feeling good might not last.
Earlier, she had said she would be too afraid to look but then defied her fears.
"I'm only here to raise awareness and funds for the Irish Cancer Society, and I don't need attention in this arena for this kind of thing."