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.
Weds, 22nd Feb - Sam McCauley Pharmacy, Midleton, Co Cork. Mobile Unit/Nurse 10.30-3.30pm
Thur, 23rd Feb - Sam McCauley Pharmacy, Douglas Shopping Centre, Cork - Nurse/Information Stand 11-3pm
Thurs, 23rd Feb - Tubbercurry Family & Childcare Centre, Tubbercurry, Co Sligo - Mobile Unit/Nurse - 10.30-3pm
Mon, 27th Feb - Spearline Ltd, Skibbereen, Co Cork. Information talks for staff
Tue, 28th Feb - Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 - Mobile Unit/Nurse - 10.30-3.30pm
Tues, 28th Feb - Cara Pharmacy, Drumshambo, Co Leitrim. Mobile Unit/Nurse - 10.30-3pm. Pancake Tuesday
Tues, 28th Feb - St Joseph's College, Charlestown, Co Mayo - talks for students.
Weds, 1st Mar - Boston Scientific, Model Farm Road, Cork - Information Stand/Nurse 12-2.3pm
Thur, 2nd Mar - O'Riordans Pharmacy, Ballingarry, Co Limerick. Mobile Unit/Nurse 11am to 3pm
Weds, 1st Mar - Donabate Community Centre, Portrane Road, Donabate, Co Dublin - Mobile Unit/Nurse - 10.30-30pm
Weds, 1st Mar - Institute of Technology, Sligo. Nurse/Information Stand. 11-3pm
Weds, 1st Mar - Garda Forum, Michael Davitt House, Castlebar, Co Mayo - talks for staff
Thur 2nd Mar - Garda Forum, Michael Davitt House, Castlebar, Co Mayo - talks for staff
Thur, 2nd Mar - Oaklands Community College, Edenderry, Co Offaly - talks for students 9-3pm
Fri, 3rd Mar - Larkin Community College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 - talks for students
Mon, 6th Mar - Nenagh College, Nenagh, Co Tipperary - talks for students
Mon, 6th Mar - Limerick College of Further Education, Limerick. Nurse/Information Stand 10.30-3pm.
Tue, 7th Mar - Ard Scoil Ris, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9 - talks for students
Tue, 7th Mar - North Monastery Secondary School, North Monastery Road, Cork - talks for students.
Tue, 7th Mar - Davitt College, Castlebar, Co Mayo - talks for students
Wed, 8th Mar - Dept of Housing & Local Govt, Ballina, Co Mayo - Mobile Unit/Nurse - 10.30-3.30pm
Wed, 8th Mar - Lloyds Pharmacy, Midleton, Co Cork. Mobile Unit/Nurse 10.30-3.30pm
Thur, 9th Mar - Templemichael College, Longford - talks for students.
Thur, 9th Mar - Borrisokane School, Co Offaly - talks for students
Thur, 9th Mar - Colaiste Na Riochta, Upper Church Street, Listowel, Co Kerry - talks for students
Wed, 8th Mar - International Womens Day
Fri, 10th Mar - Letterkenny Community Development Project - Mobile Unit/Nurse @ Letterkenny Shopping Centre 11am-3pm
Wed, 8th Mar - Sam McCauley Pharmacy, Navan, Co Meath - Nurse/Information Stand, 11.30am to 3.30pm
Wed, 8th Mar - Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford - Women's Health Event, 10am to 2pm
Wed, 8th Mar - Fingal Centre, 5 Cardiffsbridge Road, Finglas, Dublin 11 - Mobile Unit/Nurse - 10am to 2.30pm
Thur, 9th Mar - Youthreach Centre, Dublin 1 - talks for students
Tues, 14th Mar - Cabinteely Community School, Cabinteely, Dublin 18 - talks for students
Tues, 14th Mar - East Cork Further Education Centre, Golf Links Road, Youghal, Co Cork - talks for students
Weds, 15th Mar - Colaiste Ghobnatan, Ballymakeary, Co Cork - talks for TY students.
Weds, 15th Mar - Mallow College, Mallow, Co Cork - talks for students.