STRICTLY FANTASTIC: The Killarney/South Kerry branch of The Irish Cancer Society raised €58,401 for The Irish Cancer Society following the recent Strictly Come Dancing event. Seated from left are: Eleanor O’Doherty, Emmet Flanagan and Ciara O’Donoghue, (overall winners), Eugene O’Sullivan, Kathleen O’Shea, Kathleen Cronin, Kathrina Breen and Tim Moriarty. Standing from left are: Ava and Chloe O’Doherty, Shane Hannon, Eimear O’Mahony, Jason Culloty, Aine Carolan, Daire Sheehy, Edwina Duggan, Pat Looney, Patricia Quigley, Mike O’Sullivan, Aoife O’Reilly and Stephen O’Donoghue. Picture: Eamonn Keogh
By Michelle Crean
An entertaining night of dancing – watched by over 1500 people – raised a whopping €58,401, thanks to the generous support of locals.
12 couples, trained by Tralee choreographer Cassie Leen, took to the INEC floor in March for the Killarney and South Kerry branch of the Irish Cancer Society – which was won by Emmet Flanagan and Ciara O’Donoghue. And, not only did the dancers spend weeks perfecting their dance moves – but also asked everyone and anyone they could to support the good cause.
The result was the massive cheque handed over to the Irish Cancer Society charity on Friday night in the East Avenue Hotel.
“We’d like to thank the people of Killarney for their generosity,” Kathrina Breen told the Killarney Advertiser.
“This was our fifth year and the biggest Strictly Come Dancing to date.”
Funding will now go to Home Care Night Nursing, the freephone advice line, cancer beds in hospitals and Travel to Care grants.
“We’ve had 364 nights for 66 patients in Kerry this year. We also do the volunteer driving scheme and have had 336 drives for 41 patients this year, the Daffodil Centres provide face to face advice and we do Breast Check and Bowel Screening as well as advocacy work in relation to parking for cancer patients and have this year provided 500 hours counselling to those wrongly diagnosed by Cervical Check. A big part of the fundraising money will go to cancer research which is ongoing.”
She added that their next fundraising event takes place on October 11, and they are looking for volunteers if anyone has a spare hour to give.