A Cork student who lost her father to cancer is fundraising for the local charity who supported her family following his death.
Eimear Kiely, a first year Law and Irish student at UCC lost her father to esophageal cancer in November 2018.
A friend of her mother introduced her to the idea of visiting Cork ARC Cancer Support House who gave her family “a new lease of life” at a time of “complete shock”.
She is now raising funds through a GoFundMe page for Cork ARC who provided her family with “warmth, comfort and a new extended family in such a friendly relaxed atmosphere” when they needed it most.
Cork ARC provides services to both cancer patients and those who have been touched by cancer. Some of these services include a drop-in support service and telephone support, counselling, art therapy, therapeutic massages, yoga, mindfulness, and bereavement support. All of its services are free of charge.
Cork ARC’s support houses are located in Sarsfield Road and in Bantry, with an outreach service in Knocknaheeny.
Cork ARC relies on voluntary donations, fundraising initiatives, corporate sponsorship, grants, and legacies to fund its operations.
The proceeds from Eimear’s GoFundMe account will be transferred to the Cork Arc Support House when the account is closed in late April.
The Miss Cork finalist is also using her platform to promote her #GoPurple4ARC campaign.
Eimear’s Instagram account is the hub of the campaign, where she has encouraged people to take part by posting a purple-themed picture and posting it, tagging @corkarccancer in the picture and in the caption, and using the hashtag #GoPurple4ARC.
Each person must then nominate four people to take on the purple challenge once they post their own photo and will have 48 hours from the time of nomination to complete the challenge. In order to take part, a donation of €3, or any amount possible, to Cork ARC Cancer Support House via the GoFundMe page is required.
On her GoFundMe page, Eimear expressed her gratitude to Cork ARC for their continued support.
“Cork ARC is a charity which is very close to my heart. I am in awe of the work that they do and am eternally grateful for all the help and support they have offered and continue to offer my family since my dad's passing.
“It is for these reasons that I would be extremely grateful for any donations made to this phenomenal charity. This account will be directly linked with my Instagram campaign #GoPurple4Arc which will go live on Monday, February 24,” she said.