Offaly showed its generosity with four Centra stores hosting Pink Walks this October for the Irish Cancer Society’s Action Breast Cancer.
The Offaly Centra stores are on target to raise €3,800 for the very worthy charity cause. Over 210 people from all over the county pounded the pavements of their towns, villages and neighbourhoods demonstrating tremendous community spirit and real support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The Centra stores who got their community walking for this great cause were: Loughnanes Centra Birr, Baggots Centra Clara, Leavys Centra Tuallmore and Dunphys Centra Rhode.
Centra’s Pink Walks touched every part of the country with almost 200 Centra stores nationwide hosting their own local walk and are on target to raise a staggering of €225,000 for the charity. Over ten thousand participants collectively walked an amazing 50,000 kilometres through villages and cities around Ireland to help drive awareness of breast cancer and raise badly needed funds.
All of the funds raised will go directly to the Irish Cancer Society, which helps provide information, advice and support services for women with breast cancer in Ireland. This is the fourth year that Centra has supported the Irish Cancer Society’s Action Breast Cancer, with the campaign over the last three years raising over €1 million.
Commenting on the success of Centra’s Pink Walks, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of Centra, said, “The Centra Pink Walks continue to go from strength to strength. With the number of walks doubling this year and the fundraising amount continuing to increase, it shows how close this cause is to people’s hearts. Centra retailers should be commended for their unprecedented support by encouraging customers in their local communities to get walking for such a deserving cause and we are very thankful of their support.”
Commenting on the funds announcement John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society, said “I would like to thank all the customers and staff of Centra who contributed to the success of these Centra Pink Walks. The support has been wonderful for so many reasons. Not only in terms of raising vital funds but also increasing the level of breast awareness; getting people more active which is a key way to reduce your risk of cancer; and creating solidarity, shown in the great numbers which turned out for these walks. We are astounded by the money raised which will help us work towards better support those with breast cancer, as well as funding invaluable research in this area.”
The Irish Cancer Society’s Action Breast Cancer is Ireland’s leading provider of breast cancer information and support, reaching over 25,000 women who are concerned about breast cancer and breast health every year. The Society strives to ensure that everyone affected by breast cancer has the support they need, when they need it. Anyone concerned about breast cancer or breast health should call the Irish Cancer Society’s National Cancer Helpline on Freefone 1800 200 700.