Offers of help flood in for ambitious campaign

Maria Clarke and Claire Byrne
A dedicated team of local cancer survivors, and those affected by it, who started a campaign to bring the first cancer care centre to Dundalk, have been “overwhelmed” by the support of Dundalk and the winder community.

A dedicated team of local cancer survivors, and those affected by it, who started a campaign to bring the first cancer care centre to Dundalk, have been “overwhelmed” by the support of Dundalk and the winder community.

Maria Clarke, who is heading the campaign with Claire Byrne and others, says that the positive reaction is very encouraging.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support people have shown,” said Maria while speaking to The Dundalk Democrat this week. “It’s been a fantastic week.

“Although nobody has come forward with a vacant property yet that we should us, other people have been offering their services.

“Electricians, IT guys, therapists and masseuses have been in contact with us offering their service on a voluntary basis.”

If successful, the centre will be run on a volunteer basis and will be called “The Cara Cancer Care” - Cara is an Irish word for friend.

“There is a lot of energy in the project,” said Maria, “The response has been brilliant and anybody that is willing to help should get in contact with us.”

The ladies are looking for a house or vacant premises in Dundalk that could be used as a place to help support cancer patients, cancer survivors and their families.

The team’s first fundraiser will take place on Friday 10th May.

It will be called “The Fun Friday Funny Feet” and are urging people to become creative with their shoes either by decorating them or wearing a pair of odd shoes.

Schools, offices, factories, shops, restaurants and bars are asked to take part in the fundraiser.

Each person is asked to donate €2. If you would like to get involved, phone 0874157544. If you can assist the Care Cancer Care team, phone 0873955335 or email cccc@gmail.com