Mary Jo's charity night for Cara Cancer Support

Dundalk Stadium

Mary Jo's charity night for Cara Cancer Support
Shauna McCrudden@dundalkdemocrat.ie@DundalkDemocrat

Mary Jo Kieran, owner of Renters on Adelphi Mall, has organised a Charity Night at Dundalk Stadium for this Saturday 2nd July to support Cara Cancer Support Centre.

The charity night which includes food and music and greyhound racing at the stadium is to support Cara Cancer Support Centre located on 7 Williamson's Place in Dundalk. The event coincides with Mary Jo's 60th birthday and she has requested that people should donate to the charity she is supporting rather than give her birthday presents. The tickets can be bought from Renters on Adelphi Mall or can be paid for at the door on the night.

Mary Jo's daughter, Emma Kieran, spoke about her mother's support of the charity and how it is important to her personally.

“She has very recently gone through cancer treatment herself so it’s a charity close to her heart. Cara Cancer Support Centre is really a haven for people suffering with cancer and their families. It provides a supportive environment where patients and family members can go to find solace and avail of the experience of cancer survivors.”

“It's a local charity and it means that you know where your money is going and it supports local people. My Mum was diagnosed under 10 months ago and has spent the last 10 months in surgery, chemotherapy and radio therapy, not to mention countless other appointments. This Saturday is a celebration of that but also raising money for a great cause that really needs local support.”

“My mum found the Cara centre a real support during her illness. Somewhere you can drop in and have a chat with someone or ask any questions that have been on your mind and we don't know when any of us or our loved ones will need that.”

Cara Cancer Support Centre provides much needed support to cancer patients and their family members and offer workshops, counselling, relaxation, information, therapeutic and holistic therapies, art creation and it acts as a drop in centre for quiet talks and support groups for those affected by the illness. They even provide prostheses, wig advice and fittings.

The centre was set up in 2014 as Dundalk's first cancer support centre. The closest centre before this was the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre in Drogheda. The centre is run on a volunteer basis and fundraising is essential for keeping it open and accessible for cancer sufferers and their families.

There will be food and entertainment provided on the night. Tickets are €10 and available from Renters, but you can also pay in on the door