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With the hurling season over, GAA stars wives and girlfriends are ready to let their hair down and help Centra raise funds for Action Breast Cancer through their Get the Girls ‘Round  campaign. Deirdre Shefflin (wife of Kilkenny’s Henry Shefflin), Stephanie Mullane (wife of Waterford’s John Mullane) and Aoife O’Neill (girlfriend of Waterford’s Kevin Moran) alongside breast cancer survivor Grainne Melly launched the Centra Get the Girls ‘Round campaign which aims to encourage 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. 

Centra, Ireland’s largest convenience retailer is now in its second year supporting Action Breast Cancer and in particular the Get the Girls ‘Round campaign which raised over €400,000 last year. Using their nationwide network of 464 stores, Centra is encouraging women all over the country to Get the Girls ‘Round whether it’s for a night in with your mates to watch X-Factor with the mandatory nibbles or a delicious home cooked meal with your gal pals or a party in your local GAA Club. Get the Girls ‘Round is a great way to enjoy time with friends and family while raising funds for breast cancer patients throughout Ireland.

Commenting on this years launch, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, Centra said, “Centra is delighted to be supporting Action Breast Cancer for the second year running and we are hoping to build on the €400,000 that we raised last year.  The tremendous success of this campaign in 2010 demonstrated the enormous support of the cause by women of all age groups who hosted parties and coffee mornings in every town and village across Ireland.

Every year, thousands of families are affected by breast cancer and we are delighted to play a role in helping our retailers to raise awareness and funds to fight the disease and support those directly affected by helping the Irish Cancer Society to provide vital patient services. Get the Girls ‘Round is the perfect way for women of all ages to have some fun while supporting a worthy cause”.

Speaking at the launch, John McCormack, Chief Executive at the Irish Cancer Society said “One in ten Irish women have a chance of developing breast cancer. What tends to be forgotten, is that along with the illness come additional burdens such as financial and psychological problems on the family. Thanks to our partnership with Centra, we can alleviate some of these pressures and continue to provide essential support services through this particularly difficult period in peoples lives.

Women who register for Get the Girls ‘Round with Centra 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 Get the Girls ‘Round, with Centra simply visit www.facebook.com/Centraireland 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.

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