Nearly one hundred thousand euro was raised to further research into breast cancer at the ‘Race in Pink’ event during the Galway Races last month.
‘Race in Pink’ took place in Ballybrit on Sunday, October 28, and the National Breast Cancer Research Institute and Galway Racecourse have just revealed that it raised a staggering €95,000 for this worthy cause.
The event took place midway through the three day Galway Races from October 27-29.
The National Breast Cancer Research Institute is a charity that raises funds to back research carried out at NUI Galway’s Lambe Institute.
Director of Research at the Lambe Institute Professor Michael Kerin said of the Race in Pink event:
“This is a great example of one of the most established and forward thinking brands in Galway coming together with our Cancer charity to raise funds.”
Dr Kerin that all of the research programmes carried out in the Lambe Institute are “technically demanding and expensive and we are very grateful to our funders for their continued support.”
Just this year researchers at the Lambe Institute made a major breakthrough in targeting different areas of the body with anti-cancer drugs, hijacking the body’s own systems to deliver medication with precision.
“The race day was particularly successful and I am very grateful to the “Race in Pink” Committee, the race sponsors and the local businesses who helped with corporate sponsorship as well as our continued loyal supporters among the public,” he finished.
Michael Moloney, Manager of Galway Racecourse said the event received a massive outpouring of support from businesses and the more than 800 guests who attended.
“People came from all over Ireland to support such a great cause, with some flying over from the UK,” he said, adding that it was wonderful to work with a group improving beast cancer diagnosis and treatment.
“It was a superb day with fantastic feedback for the event. We’ve already had a post-event meeting with the Race in Pink committee and I’m glad to report plans are in full flight to repeat this for 2019.”
For more information on the work being carried out by The National Breast Cancer Research Institute visit their website at www.breastcancerresearch.ie.
Photo: Andrew Downes