Get the Girls ‘Round with Centra for Action Breast Cancer this October

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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Nation set to go crazy for pink mittens as Centra and Action Breast Cancer go hand in glove to raise much needed funds

Forget about the coffee and the muffins, its all about pink mittens in Centra for the month of October, as Ireland’s number one convenience retailer, launches a fund-raising drive for Action Breast Cancer.

Centra has decided to introduce some colour to this autumn’s fashion trends, by offering customers the opportunity to buy a pair of funky Pink Mittens for just €5 in-store from October 1. Available in both adults and children’s sizes, all proceeds from the sale of the mittens will go directly to Action Breast Cancer, but if you want to be sure of getting your hands on these latest fashion accessories, get into your local Centra as soon as possible, as they are sure to be a big hit!

These funky mittens will not only be a key staple in your Autumn wardrobe and show your support for this great cause, but will also keep hands warm and toasty throughout the winter months, as they are made with the highest quality pink wool and are fleece lined.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Ireland. Every year more than 2,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer throughout the country. 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.

For more on Centra see www.centra.ie and for more on pink mittens see www.facebook.com/centra

For more on Action Breast Cancer see www.cancer.ie/action

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Tallanstown is Ireland’s Tidiest Town for 2010

Tallanstown, Co. Louth was today awarded the title of Ireland’s Tidiest Town 2010. This is the first time that the Louth village has secured the title although they have been consistently strong contenders in recent years and have won many county and medal awards.

On hand to present the prizes in The Helix, DCU, Dublin was Mr. John Gormley, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and Mr. Ray Kelly, Marketing Director of SuperValu, the competition’s national sponsor.

Representatives of many TidyTowns Committees from around Ireland travelled to Dublin to see Tallanstown pick up five awards in total, including the overall prize.

Minister Gormley said after the awards ceremony, “The adjudicators were extremely impressed with Tallanstown this year and they commented that ‘Tallanstown has an idyllic rural charm that has been enhanced by the considered approach the TidyTowns Committee have taken to projects within the village area. It is a remarkable achievement to win this award in the face of such strong competition and I wish to express, again, my deep appreciation and admiration for the work that all involved carry out in their communities.

The Minister also thanked SuperValu, the competition’s national sponsor for 19 years. He said, “In these economic times, where money is scarcer, we value the continued support of SuperValu all the more and I thank them for their commitment both at a national level and in the work that all of the SuperValu stores do with local TidyTowns groups.

Ray Kelly, Marketing Director SuperValu, said “TidyTowns is the public expression of the work countless individuals undertake to build community spirit and make their local area a better place to live. SuperValu together with its countrywide network of local retailers is – through the continued sponsorship of TidyTowns – committed to helping build and support vibrant local communities. I am delighted to congratulate this year’s winners and to recognise the commitment and dedication of TidyTown committees nationwide who make such a real difference at a local level.”

Tallanstown was chosen from 764 competitors in this year’s National TidyTowns Competition and also claimed the award of Ireland’s Tidiest Village. Other winners included Lismore, Co. Waterford which received the award of Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town, Killarney, Co. Kerry which received the Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town award and Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny was named Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre.

The winner of the SuperValu TidyTowns Schools Award was Ardee Educate Together N.S., Ardee Co. Louth. Pupils and teachers travelled to the Helix to accept their award. A new Smarter Travel Award, sponsored by the Department of Transport, was won by the TidyTowns Committee in Ballymun, Dublin 9 and The Repak sponsored Best Bring Bank National Award was taken by Kill, Co. Kildare.

The Tidy Towns competition is organised by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and sponsored by SuperValu. SuperValu have sponsored the National TidyTowns competition since 1992.

Other Winners announced today were:

Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town – Lismore, Co. Waterford
Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town – Killarney, Co. Kerry
Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre – Kilkenny
Ireland’s Tidiest Village – Tallanstown, Co. Louth

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SuperValu fundraising keeps bus wheels turning

Independent SuperValu stores across Northern Ireland are preparing for seven days of fundraising in aid of their community partner Action Cancer, which will mark the fourth anniversary of the local charity’s Big Bus mobile service.

As part of the annual fundraising week SuperValu customers will be asked to donate loose change in a fundraising drive to keep the state-of-the-art mobile cancer screening and health promotion unit on the road. The challenge raised an amazing £17,000 last September.

The Action Cancer Big Bus was launched in 2006 by Gloria Hunniford, whose daughter Caron Keating died from breast cancer and over the past four years SuperValu has donated almost £900,000 to the service.  

Almost 20,000 people have used early detection, cancer prevention and support services housed on the unit, at over 750 locations, including local companies and community groups.

In-store posters and staff T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan ‘Your Change Can Help Save Lives’ will be used to highlight the fundraising event which runs for a week from Saturday September 25.

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