Kinsale Paints the town pink for the annual Pink Ribbon Walk

Picture. John Allen

IRELAND’S Gourmet capital turned pink on Sunday 5th March for the Annual Pink Ribbon Walk. The sponsored 10K run/walk for Action Breast Cancer, is one of the town’s best supported events and this year was no exception.

“We were thrilled to see such a fantastic turn out over 750 registered for this year’s walk and despite the weather we had a tremendous turn out . Year after year, the support gets bigger and better and this is a testament to this close knit community, in which many of its members have been effected first hand by the disease. Walks like this can go a long way in ensuring that the support is there for those who face this battle” said Mary Kirby O Donovan, Committee Chairperson.

Not only did the community paint the town pink, but well-known local artist Philip Gray painted a one of a kind painting on the day of the walk. Philip has commissioned the piece Out of darkness, follow the light, his inspiration was As we all walk the path of life we can encounter times of darkness, with shadows of gloom and stormy waters, but we must always remember that behind every dark cloud there is light ! We all must WALK together to assist others experience this shining light in times of darkness and uncertainty.

The piece will be auctioned off to raise further funds for the great cause, please keep an eye on Pink Ribbon Facebook Page for details.

Pink Ribbon Ambassador and singer, Sharon Crosbie again lent her support and good cheer to lead the walk along with Martina O’ Brien of the Cork Senior Ladies Football Team. Last years walked raised a whopping €43,000 and it is estimated that this year’s figure is in around €35,000.00,  with some more funds yet to be collected. Every single euro raised will make a difference to people with cancer and their families throughout Ireland in the fight against cancer. 

Every three minutes in Ireland someone gets a cancer diagnosis. Every hour someone dies from cancer. In Co Cork alone, over 4000 people will hear the words ‘you have cancer’ this year. Walks like this are vital to ensure that cancer patients will have access to cutting edge treatments and the best possible care. 

“This year, over 30,000 people in Ireland will develop cancer and over 8,000 will die of the disease” added Eileen Kearney, Community Fundraising Manager for Irish Cancer Society.