WITH Mother’s Day only around the corner, Irish rugby stars will be swopping their blue and green jerseys for a pink one on the 5th of March 2017.
Irish rugby International and Leinster star, Jack Conan and ex lrish u-20 international, Steve Crosbie of Connacht Rugby, Jack & Steve, who are old school mates, will be walking in The Pink Ribbon Walk in Kinsale this weekend in support of their Mums and the Cancer Society.
Conan, whose mother Ann survived breast cancer is proud to walk shoulder to shoulder with her on the day.
Jack said, “My mother is the strongest character I know. I’m so proud of the way she tackled her illness and beat it with positivity. I look forward to walking with her for a such a great charity that’s so close to our heart”.
Steve Crosbie, whose mother Sharon is the Pink Ribbon ambassador, will be doing his 2nd Pink Ribbon Walk this year, “My mum has been ambassador of the Pink walk for the last 6 years & I’m very proud of the work she puts into the day. Everyone is affected by cancer in some way and I’m delighted to support my Mum and the charity on the 5th”.
The sponsored 10K run/walk for Action Breast Cancer, is one of the town’s best supported events and last year it raised a whopping €43,000. The Pink Ribbon Walk is a national voluntary movement with a big ambition – a world without breast cancer. Every single euro raised will make a difference to people with cancer and their families throughout Ireland in the fight against cancer.
Every 3 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.
Kinsale’s very own ‘Fat Boy Slim’- DJ Anthony Collins – who has supported the walk for four years now, will be kicking the energy up a notch at the Pink Bra Start Line on the 5th March at noon. He will be joined by personal trainer & Zumba Instructor teacher Debbie Keane who will be doing a pre walk warm up for all.
The very dedicated committee, which is led by Mary Kirby O Donovan, are appealing to people of all ages to get involved to help raise vital funding for continued research and support for those effected by the terrible disease.
Further information and online Registration for the walk can be found at www.pinkribbonwalk.ie