The most colourful event in the Irish Cancer Society’s fundraising calendar is back for 2019, as the Society launched Cork Colour Dash.
Irish television and radio presenter Lisa Cannon, whose mother died from cancer, urged dashers of all ages to sign-up for the colour-soaked 5km fun run.
Cork Colour Dash, sponsored by Aldi Ireland, will take place on June 16 at the Atlantic Pond, near Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
As ‘dashers’ run, jog and walk the course, at each kilometre, they are doused from head to toe in a different colour of powder paint, representing a different type of cancer and cancer survivorship.
All money raised will be used to help the Irish Cancer Society meet the increased demand for its free services for cancer patients and their families in Cork and across the country.
Launching Cork Colour Dash, Lisa Cannon said: “Colour Dash is a fun way to get some exercise with all your friends and family, and a great way to fundraise to help the 40,000 people in Ireland who will get a cancer diagnosis this year. Most of us know people whose lives have been touched by cancer. I lost my mum to lung cancer in 2008.”
Money raised from Colour Dash will fund lifesaving cancer research and free supports such as Night Nursing, the Society’s Freephone Cancer Nurseline 1800 200 700 and counselling services.
Averil Power, chief executive, Irish Cancer Society, said: “Each day in Ireland, 150 people are diagnosed with cancer.
“With the number of people getting cancer at a record high, we are finding it more and more difficult to provide free support to every cancer patient that needs it.”
John Curtin, Group Buying Director at Aldi said: “The Irish Cancer Society was chosen by our staff as a charity they really wanted to support. The whole Aldi team has shown huge enthusiasm for all our fundraising initiatives, and I’ve no doubt the next two years of the Colour Dash will be a great success.”
“Our staff and customers have helped raise over €1m for the Irish Cancer Society since 2016, which is a phenomenal achievement.”
To sign up visit cancer.ie/colourdash. Registration is €30 per person, and €5 for children under 12. Early bird rate available for a limited time — purchase one adult and one child ticket and receive one child ticket for free.