Breast Cancer Ireland Great Pink Run raises a whopping €650,000

by Gazette Reporter
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This year’s Great Pink Run virtual event has raised almost €650,000 in essential funding for vital breast cancer research, through an incredible global event which saw 8,359 individual #PinkTribe participants, including runners, joggers, and walkers of all ages taking part from all over the globe over the weekend of 16th & 17th October, with people from no less than 23 countries participating.

The aim of the event this year was to ‘turn the globe pink’, with participants being encouraged to run, walk, jog (or even scoot!) the circumference of the globe (40,700km) over the course of the event weekend, and to log their distance, supporting Breast Cancer Ireland’s pioneering research and awareness programmes nationally. This ambitious goal was realized on Sunday afternoon of the 17th October when the total number of KM’s logged during the event tipped over the 46,200km mark.

Ms Amanda Benham, Breast Cancer Ireland Patient Supporter, and Great Pink Run Ambassador from Dublin pictured with her children Aoife (10) and Fiadh (1)
Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

As an indication of the sheer scale of this event, to date, over 68,000 people have now taken part in the Great Pink Run since it began in 2011, raising over €4 million euro to support pioneering research across Ireland – ultimately aimed at developing new and more effective targeted therapies for patients diagnosed with breast cancer and fulfilling the charity’s mission to transform this disease, from often fatal, to a treatable illness that can be maintained long-term.  

Nadine Reid, Great Pink Run Ambassador Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

Commenting on the results of this year’s event, CEO of Breast Cancer Ireland, Aisling Hurley, said:  “We are thrilled with the success of the Great Pink Run again this year, and whilst we were disappointed not to be back in a physical sense with everyone, we are delighted with the phenomenal amount of money raised which I can personally guarantee, will make a significant impact through research into metastatic disease and will also help us change the landscape of this disease into the future.”   She added, “Once again, I’d like to thank our valued sponsors, Glanbia, Fitbit, Cornmarket, Aut Even Hospital and Joe Duffy Group amongst others, who came on board and helped us, not only financially, but also by engaging with their staff and stakeholders.  All costs associated with this year’s event were fully covered, ensuring that participant entry fees and individual fundraising efforts will now go directly to fund much needed and pioneering research efforts.”

Main Image: Ms Ailish Hamill, Breast Cancer Ireland Patient Supporter, and Great Pink Run Ambassador, with her children Jenna (6) and Clara (4)

Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

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