Thursday 17 October 2019

Pink day a big boost for cancer charity

Annette and Aoibhinn Hayes and Colette Larkin from Aclammon.
Annette and Aoibhinn Hayes and Colette Larkin from Aclammon.
Noah Flood from Ramsgrange.
Members of New Ross Musical society. Photo: Mary Browne

David Looby

More than 70 people wearing pink gathered at John F Kennedy Arboretum on Saturday to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society and to take time out in one of the country's finest walking parks.

The pink day has become a fixture on the park's autumn calendar thanks to the efforts of Breda Flood and all of the Flood Centra team in Ramsgrange.

Breda organised the fundraiser in memory of her father Jim who passed away 14 years ago and other family members who have suffered with cancer. It has grown in popularity over the years and despite there being several big GAA matches that morning a large crowd of people from children up to people in their eighties gathered to raise money for the cause.

Breda said: 'People who lost family members in recent months, people who are going through treatment and their family members were there. We had a cross section of everyone who has been touched in some way by cancer. They were able to take time out for themselves to forget if only for half an hour and by wearing pink they were putting a smile on people's faces.'

The participants walked for around half an hour doing a loop of the park.

'People stayed in the park afterwards and enjoyed the fine weather. We couldn't have asked for a better day.'

Everyone was given a goodie bag and spot prizes were handed out.

More than €1,200 has been raised, with money still flooding in from a novel fundraiser at local pubs involving a tutu and feather boa wearing giraffe called Gidi for a raffle.

Floods have also organised a monster raffle and two 'Movember' fundraisers, the first taking place at the King's Bay Inn on Saturday, November 10, and the second on the following night at Byrne's of Ballyhack.

New Ross Standard