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Pink October 2016
Thousands of people helped to Paint it Pink in Ireland this October as part of the Irish Cancer Society's Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign.
Paint it Pink is a fun way for people to raise money for the Society's work across breast cancer funding vital research, advocacy and services to those affected by breast cancer.
Supported by top Irish model Roz Purcell, the Society asked people all over the county to host a pink event during October. Events were held across the country, with everything from pink coffee mornings to a bra tug of war, pink roller derby, pink walks and many more fun pink themed events.
Eighteen Irish companies also went pink in October to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society. The 18 Pink Partners; Aran Sweater Market, Ballyfree Free Range Eggs, Barry's Tea, Boots, Centra, Chanelle Group, Cloud10 Beauty, Dairygold Co-Op, Fullwood Packo, GAA Jewellery, ghd, IFFPG, Inglot, Kevin Dempsey Distributors, Prestigious Textiles Ireland/SLX, The Little Greene Paint Company, MissDesignerGolf.com, O'Sullivan's Mobility Aids and Tropical Popical all donated proceeds from their products and services to support the thousands of people affected by breast cancer in Ireland.
Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising, Irish Cancer Society said, "Thanks to all those who 'Painted it Pink' throughout the month of October.
Up and down the country people hosted pink events, which helped raise awareness of breast cancer, and also vital funds to support the thousands of people in Ireland on their breast cancer journey.
"Most recent figures show that 2,983 people received a breast cancer diagnosis in 2013, up 33% from 2003, which puts a huge demand on our services. Last year alone 1,300 calls to our freephone Cancer Nurseline were from breast cancer patients in need of advice. In 2015 a total of 154 breast cancer patients were brought to their chemotherapy appointments through our Volunteer Driver Service, and 588 nights of nursing care were delivered to 133 breast cancer patients. We have also invested €7.5m in BREAST-PREDICT, a five year study focused on breast cancer research which is making important discoveries. None of this would be possible without the public's staunch support for the Paint it Pink campaign."
Visit our website www.cancer.ie for cancer information and support services.
World No Tobacco Day 2016
Ahead of World No Tobacco Day, and the delay in sending in implementing plain packaging in Ireland, the ICS issued a media release on 19 May to highlight this and push for progression in this regard, and wrote to all Government Minister and Opposition spokespeople to push for its progression.
This resulted in positive media engagement and responses from opposition politicians from the Social Democrats and Sinn Féin. ICS also used this opportunity to highlight research undertaken on plain packaging.
Today, on World No Tobacco Day, the Irish Cancer Society is today calling for the next steps towards the Government's target of a tobacco-free Ireland by 2025 to be taken. Read more here
No, smokers don't just need sympathy - They need help to stop smoking! Read more here
Tye and Dye Campain 2015
Pink October 2014
The Irish Cancer Society launched Paint it Pink by painting their front doors pink for the first time ever,.
Their neighbours in the Northumberland Dental Clinic followed suit and painted their door, while creative agency Chemistry went a little further and painted their entire building pink
Irish Cancer Society National Conference for Cancer Survivorship – 19-20 September 2014
Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
The Irish Cancer Society, with the help of some of Ireland's sporting legends, today highlighted the importance of physical activity after a cancer diagnosis at the opening of the National Conference for Cancer Survivorship which is running this Friday and Saturday at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.
The free conference, which marks the culmination of Cancer Week Ireland in partnership with Trinity College, saw almost 800 cancer survivors from across Ireland coming together to engage with each other as well as with Irish and International experts in the field of cancer.
The conference was a huge success, and provided those living with cancer an opportunity to come together, hear about national survivorship strategies from the National Minister for Health, and exchange advice and support between each other
#NoMakeUpSelfie Social Media Phenomenon raises €1.1 million for the Irish Cancer Society
Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising, Irish Cancer Society announced that €1.1 million had been donated to the Society through #NoMakeUpSelfies, in April 2014.
Mark Mellett said "We are heartened by the amazing and unprecedented response from the Irish public – both home and abroad - as a result of the #NoMakeUpSelfie movement. Since the #NoMakeUpSelfie phenomenon started, donations have been coming in from supporters in Ireland and across the globe – from Europe to South America, Canada and the USA, New Zealand and Australia – and even from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. I am thrilled to say that the Society has received €1.1M in donations. We would like to extend our appreciation to all those who have donated with such incredible generosity. It is a testament to the generosity of the public and the Irish diaspora around the globe."
The money raised for breast cancer will go to fund the Society's breast cancer services and research. These services comprise our free night nursing service, our cancer information Helpline, our Daffodil Centres in hospitals across the country, our Care to Drive volunteer driving service and our Peer to Peer support programme for women going through a breast cancer journey. One key breast project that will be funded is the Society's BREAST-PREDICT research project - the first ever country-wide cancer research collaboration. We are investing €7.5m over the next five years in a collaboration involving most of Ireland's leading breast cancer researchers working together to redefine how breast cancer is treated, with the ultimate goal of precision therapy – that is, more accurate and personalised approaches for breast cancer patients.
Daffodil Day Ireland-March 28
Athlone Institute of Technology culinary arts students with their fundraising initiative for Daffodil Day - Daffodil cup cakes, which they supplied for the college throughout the day! Well done everyone! — withStephen Mulligan and Ciarán Boyle at Athlone IT
It's been an unforgettable Daffodil Day - after last year's weather-affected day, the elements were much kinder this time around, and again there were phenomenal levels of generosity and goodwill all over Ireland.
World Cancer Day 2014
National and Local Media Release
• Issued a national and local media release (here for your information) on Monday 3rd February announcing World Cancer Day on Tuesday 4th February. The media release highlighted how people can reduce their risk of cancer.
• On the back of issuing the release, we pitched our spokesperson out to broadcast media for interview, securing seven radio interviews (2 national, 5 local) and 1 national TV interview.
Online and Social Media
• Media release uploaded to website http://www.cancer.ie/content/cancer-can-be-prevented-irish-cancer-society-delivers-message-hope-world-cancer-day
• Facebook and Twitter activity to mark World Cancer Day (some visuals attached) driving people to Irish Cancer Society Website
• World Cancer Day 2014 was the second busiest day ever on our website www.cancer.ie with 5965 unique visits on the day
• 1,121 likes, shares and comments of Irish Cancer Society Facebook content (all World Cancer Day related)
• 118 new Facebook fans resulting
• Irish Cancer Society Twitter received 178 retweets and we received 91 @ mentions
• Links in Irish Cancer Society Tweets were clicked 583 times
On Friday 22 February, with the help of a team of 30 barbers and stylists, Today FM's Shave or Dye set a new record of 257 Mohicans, smashing the previous record of 109 set by the West Cheshire College!
Today FM's Shave or Dye gathered 257 mohican hairstyles in Dublin's Market Bar to break a Guinness World Record for the Most Mohicans Gathered in One Location and while we were there we decided to do our take on the Harlem Shake:
This year's Today FM Shave or Dye is the fourth year of the campaign, which has raised over €4.5m for the Irish Cancer Society to date.
Irish Cancer Society launches new Get the Girls campaign and asks women around Ireland
to do their bit for breast cancer research this October.
(Monday 3rd September 2012) The Irish Cancer Society is calling on every woman in Ireland to come together and Get the Girls doing something throughout the months of September and October to combat breast cancer. At the launch of its new campaign today, which is kindly supported by Centra, the Irish Cancer Society sent a rallying call to all women to help reach the next groundbreaking breast cancer discovery by raising funds for vital breast cancer research in Ireland.
Speaking about the new campaign Professor John Fitzpatrick, Head of Research, Irish Cancer Society said, “Research is absolutely vital for future improvements in cancer detection, treatment and diagnosis, and to ensure more and more people survive. We have made significant advances in breast cancer over the years. More and more women are being diagnosed earlier, and most importantly, because of improvements in treatments, more women are surviving. We know that research is the key to these advances. The Irish Cancer Society is committed to continuing its investment in cancer research, and we know that the next ground breaking discovery is not far away.”
“One in ten women in Ireland will get breast cancer. Last year, the Irish Cancer Society invested €3.1 million in cancer research, €700,000 of which was invested in breast cancer research. We want to continue this crucial investment and we need the help of the public to do this. Getting involved in Get the Girls campaign will help us continue funding high quality breast cancer research across the country.” continues Professor Fitzpatrick.
The Get the Girls campaign is a fun way for women to get together and raise money for breast cancer research. There are so many ways to take part: you can Get the Girls ‘round with a girly movie night or come dine with me dinner party, Get the Girls dancing with a sponsored dance off, Get the Girls volunteering selling pink ribbons on October 5th, Get the Girls baking with a cake sale at work, Get the Girls running with a fun run - every activity counts! For more information visit www.getthegirls.ie or CallSave 1850 60 60 60. It is that easy to make a difference.
Get the Girls is kindly supported by Centra, Irelands leading convenience retailer.
To get involved visit www.getthegirls.ie or CallSave 1850 60 60 60.
For information about breast cancer or breast health visit www.cancer.ie or call the National Cancer Helpline on Freefone 1800 200 700.