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TV personality, Anna Daly along with two girlfriends, today launched the Get The Girls ‘Round fundraising campaign which is supported by Centra for Action Breast Cancer.

Centra, through their store network of 473 stores, is encouraging women all over the country to Get the Girls ‘Round and host a night at home to raise much needed funds for Action Breast Cancer.  So, whether it’s a night in with your mates to watch the box set of Sex & the City with the mandatory nibbles or a delicious home cooked meal with your gal pals, Get the Girls ‘Round is a great way to enjoy time with friends and family while raising funds for breast cancer patients across Ireland.

Commenting, Donal Horgan, MD, Centra said “Breast Cancer is a very serious issue and one which affects thousands of families each year. Centra is delighted to play a role in encouraging everyone to raise monies to both fight the disease and support those directly affected. However, it is also important that fundraising is fun, so what better way to raise money, while enjoying a great night with friends.

Speaking at the launch, John McCormack, Chief Executive Officer at the Irish Cancer Society said, “Breast cancer affects one in ten Irish people during the course of their lifetime and can present enormous physical, psychological and socio-economic burdens on patients and their families. Thanks to our partnership with Centra, we will continue to promote the breast awareness message and continue to raise vital funds to develop out free nationwide patient services.

Women who register for Get the Girls ‘Round will receive a registration pack containing a booklet with hints and tips for a great girls night in and vouchers for Centra goodies which can be redeemed in any Centra store nationwide.

To register for Centra Get the Girls ‘Round, simply visit www.facebook.com/getthegirlsround and then invite your female friends, workmates and family to a get together for a very good cause.  Guests are asked to donate some of the money they would have spent on a night out to Action Breast Cancer. All funds raised from Get the Girls ‘Round campaign will go towards developing information, advice and support services for women with breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Ireland. Every year more than 2,500 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Ireland. The latest data available from the National Cancer Registry of Ireland shows that 2,838 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in 2008 (2,815 cases in females and 22 cases in males). The latest data from the CSO shows that there were 739 deaths from breast cancer in 2008.

Action Breast Cancer is Ireland’s leading provider of breast cancer information and support. Each year ABC reaches over 30,000 women who are concerned about breast cancer and breast health. ABC strives to ensure that everyone affected by breast cancer receives the highest standards of treatment, support and care, and to improve the quality of life of people living with breast cancer.

For further information, advice and support on any aspect of breast cancer, call the National Cancer Helpline on Freefone on 1800 200 700 or visit www.cancer.ie/action.

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