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A huge thank you to everyone bought tickets or sold tickets for the 2014 Cancer Care West Annual Raffle, It was a huge success raising near €25,000 for our charity. The winners of the prizes are as follows:

1st Prize: James Doherty-Ballybofey Donegal
2nd Prize: David Gibson-Ballina Mayo
3rd Prize: Oliver Friel-Ramelton Donegal
4th Prize:Patrick Nagle-Boyle Roscommon
5th Prize: Margaret Quinn-Lifford Donegal
6th Prize:Sean McDonagh-Tubbercurry

Congratulations guys!

Our Annual Report for 2013 is now available online. Click on the link below to view full report.

Cancer Care West Annual Report 2013

1601490_10152418951106857_8750653798437119628_nFollowing on from the previous articles and honouring the wonderful fundraising work being carried out in Donegal, last weekend was no different.

A few of us from Inis Aoibhinn took to the roads and made our way to Ballyliffen Co Donegal for a charity dance and music night hosted by Alfie McGovern, Liam McLaughlin and Hugh Duffy.

With 600 tickets sold and 400 patients, ex-patients, family and friends in attendance, the night was an inspiring success, enjoyed by everybody. There was merry singing and dancing until the early hours of the morning.

Everyone at Cancer Care West would like to thank Alfie, Liam, Hugh and everyone involved on the night for the hard work and dedication for the cause. We greatly appreciate you efforts and kindness. Hope to see you all soon.

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DSC_0154In honour of the late Liam Walsh, the “Liam Walsh Golf Classics” was founded in 2000. The Golf Classics is held every year in June, at the Westport Golf Club and is continuously the best supported golf classic in the county, if not the province.

The hardworking committee have raised, just short of €300,000 in the past fourteen years. This money has been distributed to local cancer support based charities i.e.

-The Mayo Roscommon Hospice

-Mayo Cancer Support Association

-Cancer Care West

Richard Flaherty, CEO of Cancer Care West said: “ We are so thrilled with the ongoing support from the Liam Walsh Golf Classic. Thanks to everyone involved for their hard work and commitment. We hope to see you all again next year.”

Pictured are, Sean Walsh presenting a cheque for €4,000 to Richard Flaherty (CEO of Cancer Care West).

10687149_865347840151772_3460442935640778141_nThis year, there have been so many wonderful events organised for us by ex-residents and we are looking forward to a few more before the year is out. On the 12th of October, Alfie McGovern, a recent ex-resident of ours got together with his work colleagues, family and friends to organise a 50/25km cycle and 5km walk around Dunree Fort in Co Donegal.

The event turned out to be a huge success, with 76 cyclists and 98 walkers taking part. €6,000 was raised and Alfie and the crew hope to make it a yearly event.

Following on from the cycle, Alfie, his cousin Liam (who stayed in Inis Aoibhinn at the same time as him), together with a couple of other ex-residents from Donegal are organising a dance/music night in the Strand Hotel, Ballyliffen on the 15th of November. They welcome everyone to join in on the fun and if you require tickets, you can contact Alfie McGovern on 0879472122 or Rachel on 091 545000

Cancer Care West would like to thank Alfie, the cyclists, the walkers, volunteers, sponsors, and everyone who is involved with the upcoming dance/music night. Your support and generosity is cherished and appreciated.

DSCF0078On the 9th of August last the Weight Watchers Connaught team shone brightly on stage in the Loughrea Hotel, as they danced to their hearts content for Cancer Care West. Twelve couples took to the stage and strutted their stuff infront of a tough but fair panel of judges, who had the prime job of selecting five finalists and the winning couple of the night.

The competition was a huge success and five couples were selected on the night to go through to the finals of the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ event in Croke Park on the 13th of September. On this night, all the provincial winners competed with the hope of being crowned national champions and all monies raised on this night were donated to the Hope Foundation.

The Connaught Weight Watchers team raised €17,000 for Cancer Care West by hosting ‘Strictly Cancer Care West’ and from their climb up Croagh Patrick.

Richard Flaherty, CEO of Cancer Care West said: “We are so grateful for the time and effort that everyone involved had given. The money raised through this event, will go a long way in supporting Cancer patients throughout the West of Ireland. I would like to extend my congratulations to all the finalists.” 

Cancer Care West would like to sincerely thank Marie Quinn, the dancers and her team of organisers for their hard work and dedication with this fundraiser. Your generosity and support is cherished and appreciated.

DSC_0023Thanks to everyone who participated, volunteered and provided supplies for last Saturdays 10km on Inis Mor. It was a great day, beautiful weather with a lovely local atmosphere.

Hope to see you all again next year.

The results were as follow:

1st Rihcard Kungs
2nd Paul Fallon
3rd Darragh Ruane

1st Anna Marie Faherty
2ND Claire Gillespie
3rd Dolores Collins

Under 16 Boys
1st Brian McDonagh

Under 16 Girls
1st Aoife Guildea
2nd Aisling Mullen Aine Guildea
3rd Ciara Gill

Over 40’s
1st Fionnuala Flaherty

Over 50’s
1st Tereasa Donoghue

Over 60’s
1st John O’Toole

PICT0451110 of Brigid’s friends took part in the West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon in Castlebar on Sunday May 4th in aid of Cancer Care West. Thanks to all participants, to Ultra Fit Studios Castlebar for providing the free training, to Martin in Ballyvary P.O.for collecting the returned funds and to Swinford AC for donating the proceeds of their 5Km event in Straide.

A golf classic was held in Balla Golf club on 16th August. Thanks to Julie Loftus for her help in co-ordinating the day, to Chris Mannion for hosting the presentation of the prizes, the raffle and the music.

A special word of thanks to our sponsors – Connaght Gold, Cherry Blossom, Butlers Foods, Just Baked, O’Haras of Foxford, Claddagh Water and Pat the Baker.  As a result of their generous sponsorship, we were able to provide a sumptuous feast to all on the day.

People and businesses in the local area were exceptionally generous to the cause.

How fitting it was that on Brigids birthday, we presented a cheque for €32,000 to Cancer Care West.

hughAugust just passed saw a great month of fundraising for Cancer Care West.  We would like to specifically thank our ex-resident Hugh Logue of Gortnaraw, Kerrykeel, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, who raised a whopping €9,117.00 for the Lodge.

Hugh, along with his family organised a ‘Sheep Auction Night’ in his local pub. Kindly, eight farmers in his local area donated eight sheep and they were then actioned off, which resulted in €9,117.00 being raised for Cancer Care West.

Hugh was a wonderful resident. He left an impact on both his fellow residents and all the staff in the Lodge. Everyone at Cancer Care West would like to thank Hugh, his family and everyone involved in organising this event.  Your generosity and support is forever appreciated.