Show your support and help in Race for a Cure

by Gazette Reporter

Around 2,800 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and on September 9 and 10 thousands will take part in the 7th year of the Great Pink Run with Avonmore Slimline Milk to run for them.
Many of those participating will wear elaborate pink costumes and paint their faces to support Breast Cancer Ireland’s pioneering research and awareness programmes nationally.
Unfortunately, many people know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and the Great Pink Run is an opportunity to come out and show support by running, walking or jogging for them.
Registrations are now open at

Citywest Hotel has it all for some summer family fun
LOOKING for some summer family activities? The Citywest Hotel has just launched their summer family fun activities programme.
Packages start from €372 for a family of four to include two nights B&B including dinner in the new Woodlock Brasserie, children’s activities and full access to the leisure facilities.
Until August 27, guests are invited to partake in a full programme of family fun activities, events and classes that will cater for all the family.
Citywest Hotel will host cupcake classes, pizza parties, disco and karaoke and a fairy trail, where parents and children can make their evening stroll more exciting by going on the hunt for the hotel’s fairy doors. Visit for more info.

JOIN day-long fundraiser to HELP Kick Cancer’s Butt
On July 29, a day-long fundraiser called Kick Cancer in the Butt will celebrate Saggart-native Jimmy Byrne. This is the fourth year of this popular event organised by Ruth Devoy, from Rathcoole, which celebrates Jimmy’s life.
“I was inspired to run this event because of first-hand experience of the great work of the hospice from the care received by friends and family.
“Last year with the help of family, friends and hundreds of generous supporters over €16,000 was raised for Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services and we hope to do even better this year,” she said.
All funds raised will provide essential equipment for the patients of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services.
For details, contact Clare Farrelly at 085-7735010 or visit

It’s always time to look out for scams
TIME’S almost up on Scam Awareness Month – but OFTEC, which represents the domestic oil and heating industry, are urging everyone to stay alert whenever anyone calls to the front door.
As this July was marked as the group’s month to be extra aware of some common doorstep scams, OFTEC want everyone to remember its warnings all year round, and to keep the heat on any scammers at your door!
One of the main things to look out for is the right OFTEC accreditation, with certified technicians and installers required to have the official identity badge to prove it.
While thoughts of oil heating and top-ups may not be at the top of your to-do list right now, OFTEC hopes everyone will remember to look out for scammers at any time of the year.

Competition to celebrate kids’ creativity
This summer, proud parents across Ireland and the UK will have the opportunity to see their child’s drawings displayed for all to see.
In partnership with Mumsnet, BIC KIDS is launching a competition celebrating kids’ creativity by taking their drawings beyond the fridge door, putting 10 lucky winners’ works of art on billboards nationwide.
Running from July 17 to August 6, the competition is open to all aged 5-11.
To enter, parents simply need to take a photo of their child’s drawing and upload it to the native discussion page on the Mumsnet website by Sunday, August 6.
Entries will then be judged by an expert panel of creatives from the marketing, publishing and illustration industries, before winners are notified and the billboards launched in September.
For more information visit

Thirteen Dublin bands are amongst the 30 shortlisted acts for the 2FM Play The Picnic Competition, with the Top 10 acts getting to play at Electric Picnic this September.
The voting text line is open until Friday, July 28, for this competition run in conjunction with Festival Republic, Jack & Jill and RTE 2fm on
The final 10 acts will get to Play the Picnic tent at Electric Picnic, with the overall winner also getting to play the Cosby Stage at Electric Picnic and winning a full day studio session at RTE’s state-of-the-art recording studio.
The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation is the charity partner benefiting from this campaign. It provides home nursing care and respite to sick kids and the charity has supported 2,200 children nationwide since 1997.
As well as voting for their favourite unsigned band, texters are in with a chance of winning tickets to Electric Picnic by simply texting the word PICNIC followed by the number assigned to your favourite act and the text costs €2 and Jack & Jill will receive a minimum of €1.63.
See for the bands and their codes.

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