Fire Brigade helps make cancer treatment more comfortable
Dingle Fire Brigade members went way beyond the call of duty when they volunteered for a 'shave or dye' event in September and the fruits of their efforts were to be seen this week as they prepared to hand over a cheque for €5,200 to the Comfort for Chemo - Kerry group.
The shave or dye event, organised by Jennifer Flaherty, Deirdre Brosnan and others tapped into the volunteering spirit of the fire crew who were dyed, shaved and shorn by Brenda Moroney and barber Justin Quinlan in a night of fun and fundraising in the Hillgrove.
The Ashe family gave the Hillgrove free for the night, local businesses fell in with the effort by providing sponsorship and raffle prizes and at the end of the night €5,200 was raised.
That money will now help Comfort for Chemo - Kerry in their mission to ease patients' path through the process of undergoing chemotherapy treatment by providing, for example, beauty treatment and hair dressing services for cancer patients. They also have the more far reaching goal of helping to build a new chemotherapy unit in University Hospital Kerry so that patients can receive their life-saving treatment closer to home and avoid the additional stress of travelling to hospitals in Cork or Limerick as is currently the case for many Kerry cancer patients.