The Marie Keating Foundation’s work focuses on raising awareness of all of the common cancers affecting men and women in Ireland and the healthy lifestyle choices to reduce the risk of cancer. The Marie Keating Foundation has three purpose-built mobile information units which travel around Ireland to bring our life-saving messages of prevention and early detection to as many people as possible, free of charge.
Staffed by a specialist nurse, the mobile information units visit community groups, workplaces, organisations and public places to bring cancer information straight into the heart of communities nationwide. The mobile information units are stocked with take-home information leaflets and packs on the various cancers. The Marie Keating Foundation nurses can talk to people in a private area on board the unit about any concerns that they may have about cancer, either for themselves or for someone else such as a family member or friend. The Foundation is keen to ensure that the harder-to-reach groups are included as part of this nationwide service and makes a concerted effort to target the lower socio-economic groups, those living in socially deprived areas and people in areas which have a high occurrence of cancer.
Each mobile information unit has interactive displays such as Smokerlyzer® test to measure the carbon monoxide levels in your lungs (for smokers), Fizz to Fat which shows how sugary beverages can turn into body fat, and Fat Chunk models realistically represent the look and feel of fat inside the body.
The Marie Keating Foundation nurses also visit schools, colleges, workplaces and community centres to give presentations about cancer. These can be general presentations or bespoke for the audience. Topics include:
- Your Health: Your Choice- how to reduce your cancer risk through healthy lifestyle choices
- Men's health- an overview of common men's cancers and how men can reduce their cancer risk or spot cancer early
- Women's health- an overview of common women's cancer and how women can reduce their cancer risk or spot cancer early
- Breast cancer- risk factors, reducing your risk, checking your breasts
- Cervical cancer- reducing your risk, smear tests, the HPV vaccine and signs and symptoms of cervical cancer
- Skin cancer- how to be SunSmart, how to spot skin cancer and monitor your moles and freckles
- Survivorship- life after cancer and adjusting to the new normal
If you would like one of the Mobile Information Units to visit your workplace, school, community centre, etc, please email Angela at email@example.com or call her on 01 628 3726.
Upcoming Unit Locations
All venues in bold are open to the public. Our service is free of charge.
Thurs, 23rd Mar - Lis Na Dara Community Centre, Dundalk, Co Louth - 11.15-12.45
Thurs,23rd Mar - Rehabcare, Dundalk, Co Louth - 2-3.30pm
Thurs, 23rd Mar - Kerry Travellers, Shanakill Community Centre, Tralee, Co Kerry - 11-2pm
Thurs, 23rd Mar - Cork County Council, The Courthouse, Skibereen, Co Cork - 10.30-3.30pm.
Thurs, 24th April - Marks & Spencer, Galway. Nurse/Information Stand 11-3
Mon, 27th Mar - Eli Lilly, Dunderrow, Kinsale, Co Cork - Mobile Unit 10.30-3.30
Tues, 28th Mar - Revenue, River House, Charlotte Quay, Limerick. Mobile Unit/Nurse 11-3
Tues, 28th Mar - St Luke's Hospital, Freshford Road, Kilkenny. Mobile Unit/Nurse 11-3
Tues, 28th Mar - Cara Pharmacy, Barrack Lane, Galway - Nurse/Info Stand 11-3
Tues, 28th Mar - Youthreach, Liosban, Galway
Weds, 29th Mar - IWA Resource Centre, Donamon, Roscommon
Weds, 29th Mar - Community Hospital of Assumption, Thurles, Co Tipperary - Mobile Unit/Nurse 11-3
Weds, 29th Mar - CBS Secondary School, Carrick on Suir, Co Tipperary
Weds, 29th Mar - Cara Pharmacy, 12 Main Street, Longford. Nurse/Info Stand 11-3
Thurs, 30th Mar - Servier (Ireland) Ltd, Arklow, Co Wicklow. Mobile Unit/Nurse 11-3
Thurs, 30th Mar - Cork Co Council, Carrigrohane Rd, Cork - Mobile Unit/Nurse 10.30-3.30
Fri, 31st Mar - Waterford Inst of Technology, Waterford - Nurse/Info Stand 11-3
Fri, 31st Mar - Tyndall Institute, Dyke Parade, Cork - Mobile Unit/Nurse 10.30-3.30
Sat, 1st April - IANO Conference, Radisson Blu Hotel, Limerick - 9-5pm Info Stand
Tues, 4th April - Proctor & Gamble, Newbridge, Co Kildare. Mobile Unit/Nurse - 10.30-3.30
Weds, 5th April - Cara Pharmacy, Main Street, Bundoran, Co Donegal - Mobile Unit/Nurse 11-3
Thur, 6th April - Carrickmacross Library, Riverside Road, Carrickmacross, Monaghan. Mobile Unit/Nurse 11-3
Thurs, 6th April - ESB Staff, Turlough Hill, Co Wicklow - talk for staff @ 11am
Fri, 7th April - O'Riordans Pharmacy, Athea, Co Limerick. Mobile Unit/Nurse 11-3
Weds, 12th April - Medtronic, Mervue, Galway - Mobile Unit/Nurse 10.30-3.30
Thurs, 13th April - Cara Pharmacy, Quayside, Sligo. Nurse/Info Stand 11-3
Tues, 18th April - Fairyhouse Ladies Day
Weds, 19th April - Our Lady's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin 12 - Mobile Unit/Nurse 10.30-3.30
Fri, 21st April - Headford Careplus Pharmacy, Unit 8 Church Road, Galway, Mobile Unit/Nurse 10.30-3.30