€5k raised for the Arc Cancer Support

By Maurice Garvey

A FAMILY fun day in Ballyfermot raised over €5,000 for the Arc Cancer Support.

Coldcut Park Drive held the event on Saturday and raised €5,340 for the group.

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Louise McClean and friends present a cheque to Maried Mangan from Arc.

Louise McClean (30), a resident on the road, and a mother-of-one, is a breast cancer survivor.

Ms McClean was diagnosed in 2018 and underwent chemotherapy in St James Hospital.

She is still receiving ongoing treatment and goes into St James every four weeks for checkups and scans.

“It is the first time doing a family fun day on the road. We do bingo every Saturday but we decided it would be nice to do something for the kids, bigger and better,” she said.

 Everyone helped out and we got advice and permission from the community gardai to close the road off.”

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Sharon Kirwan, Louise McClean, Tina McClean and Martina McClean

Louise wanted to raised funds for the Arc on South Circular Road because she found it beneficial during her recovery.

“It is more about awareness of the Arc and to let people know that life goes on and there is help out there.”

Arc provide psychological, educational and practical support to people with cancer and those who care for them.

The family day event featured face-painting, activites and kids entertainment.

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Enjoying the fundraising event in Ballyfermot on Saturday

“It was really good and a bit of a shock to raise so much.

A lot of the work was done in the last couple of weeks with neighbours Lisa-Ann, Danielle and myself. We sold raffle tickets and had the main draw on Saturday.

“Some companies made donations and we raised €3k before Saturday.

Everyone kept saying how good we are as a community.”

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