Throughout October, Centra stores from across the country will be raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness month. On 17 October Centra is encouraging thousands of customers to take part in ‘Walk the Walk’ to collectively walk 47,075km for this worthwhile cause.
In Centra stores in Cork, the proceeds will go to the Cork Dragons, a support group for breast cancer survivors. The Cork Dragons was established in 2012 to promote the benefits of exercise after breast cancer through dragon boat racing. On Friday 2 October the Cork Dragons showcased their talents on the River Lee to raise funds to buy a new boat.
Speaking at the event, Caroline Warren, Cork Dragons member, said; “I joined the Cork Dragons in 2012 following breast cancer treatment and the group has made a massive difference to my life. There are currently 45 members, all from Cork city and county, and we are united together by the experiences we have faced and come through. Battling breast cancer has been a struggle for each and every one of us but through this support group we can show people that you can have a full and healthy life after a cancer diagnosis and that you do not have to fight cancer alone. We have been borrowing a boat from Meitheal Mara so we are so grateful to Centra for their support and we look forward to adding a second boat to our little fleet!”
Ian Allen, Sales Director of Centra, added; “It is fantastic to see these men and women out on the dragon boats today, healthy and happy. Centra has supported breast cancer through the Irish Cancer Society for the past five years and we are really looking forward to adding this initiative to our cause this year. Breast cancer has affected so many people around Ireland and we are delighted to be able to support our local community through the Cork Dragons.”
To support the Cork Dragons during Breast Cancer Awareness month visit a participating Centra store and register to walk or donate by texting dragons to 50300 (€4 donation will be made). Check out www.centra.ie for more information.