Supporters rally behind Breast Cancer Ireland at Leopardstown’s Race for a Cure


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An extraordinary day filled with glamour, solidarity, and fundraising unfolded at Leopardstown Racecourse last weekend. At the annual Race for a Cure function hosted by Breast Cancer Ireland, over 600 friends and advocates assembled to secure vital resources for study, instruction, and public consciousness campaigns.

Two prominent figures in Dublin’s social scene, Bobby Kerr and Sally Anne Clarke, graced the event. Their presence not only brought glamour to the occasion but also underscored the community’s united front in the ongoing fight against breast cancer.

Meanwhile, influencer and cancer survivor Georgie Crawford shared, “As a proud Breast Cancer Ireland ambassador, Professor Arnie Hill has had a huge impact on my life and the lives of thousands of people across the country.”

She acknowledged Professor Hill’s remarkable contributions, emphasizing his incredible work and fundraising efforts with Breast Cancer Ireland. She also pledged her support, stating she would cheer him and his teammates throughout their journey from Mizen Head to Malin Head this June.

I am so grateful to Professor Hill for saving my life and by supporting this challenge, together, we can help save many more. Please join me in raising vital funds for this very worthy cause.

Georgie Crawford

Dublin celebrities aligning for a cause

Several familiar faces from the entertainment world showed up to support Breast Cancer Ireland. Lorraine Keane, an influential media personality, turned heads in a stunning pink dress adorned with a white pattern. She accessorized it with a pastel floral headpiece and matching satin bag. Lorraine completed her attire with baby pink heels, letting her brunette hair cascade in perfectly styled curls.

Among the familiar faces supporting the charity was presenter Zeinab Elguzouli, who dazzled in a striking floral outfit. She donned a mini-dress featuring a prominent white flower print and paired it with eye-catching green heels, injecting a burst of colour into her ensemble.

Meanwhile, Clare McKenna, the master of ceremonies, chose a pink maxi dress with puffed sleeves and a bold pink headpiece. A long-standing supporter of the organization, she kept the event running smoothly.

Fundraising highlights

The event opened with opening remarks from leaders in their fields. Aisling Hurley, CEO of Breast Cancer Ireland, and Gavin Hydes, the head of Joe Duffy Group, both spoke at the outset of the day, thanking everyone for coming.

Later in the day, Professor Arnie Hill, chairman of Breast Cancer Ireland and professor of surgery at Beaumont Hospital, offered a heartfelt thank-you. During his address, he shed light on reasons for optimism and the evolving landscape of breast cancer treatments and therapies.

Guests were treated to a delightful four-course meal and had the chance to place bids on exclusive auction items. Goff’s auctioneer Nicholas Nugent stepped into the spotlight to launch the fundraising auction, and enthusiastic bidders started vying for an array of one-of-a-kind auction prizes. These included a lavish cruise with Princess Cruises, excursions to Dubai, and Ascot and Porsche experiences. The auction generated an impressive  €41,000, bolstering the charity’s vital research initiatives.

Following the sumptuous meal, the day’s Best Dressed honorees were revealed. Breast Cancer Ireland representatives Bobby Kerr and Lorraine Keane declared Loretta Bray and James Hurley as the winners, presenting them each with awards valued at €1000.

Before that, the recipient of the extraordinary Balloon Pop prize was selected, with the award being a dazzling diamond from Paul Sheeran Jewellers.

Following a fundraising raffle where all 60 tables were guaranteed a prize, guests were treated to a performance by country music sensation Nathan Carter. He quickly energized the crowd, getting everyone on their feet and dancing to a variety of hits.

Together, these efforts resulted in a remarkable €235,000 raised for Breast Cancer Ireland – an inspiring accomplishment that will undoubtedly make a difference in the lives of countless individuals.

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