CORK farmer Gerard Hurley, who has beaten cancer in recent years, has donated a Hereford bullock to be auctioned to raise funds for Cork ARC Cancer Support House.
The Innishannon man was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 but made a full recovery following treatment.
“I was a patient of Seamus O’Reilly in 2010 and I had six sessions of chemotherapy," he told. "Thankfully I came out the other side.
"I am nearly 70 and I am feeling fine. I haven’t had a bother since September 2010 thankfully and last August I got the all-clear which was brilliant news."
Mr Hurley now wants to show his appreciation for the brilliant care he received during his treatment.
“I was thinking about what would be the most appropriate way to raise funds for a long time," he explained. "I came up with the idea of raising funds for Cork ARC House. It is a token of appreciation for such a great cause.
“I would be dead and gone only for the great treatment I received. I was diagnosed back in March 2010. Every three weeks I had chemotherapy in the South Infirmary.
"They were all so good to me. I can’t thank them enough. It is nice to give back."
Mr Hurley is delighted to support Cork ARC Cancer Support House who provides services throughout Cork.
“Cork ARC House does great work," he said. "It is great to support them. They do so much for so many people. They are there to help us so it is nice to help them in return.
"Hopefully, we will raise as much money as possible as he is a fine bullock. All the funds raised will go directly to Cork ARC House. They will be able to help more people who are undergoing treatment.
"They will make good use of the funds."
The 26-month-old bullock will be auctioned off on Monday at 1pm at Bandon Mart.