October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to show their support for those on a breast cancer journey, companies and retail outlets are going ‘Pink for a Purpose’ and are becoming Pink Patrons for the Marie Keating Foundation.
Even in such unprecedented times, when charities and business alike have been impacted by the spread of COVID-19 Marks & Spencer, Harvey Norman, Skechers, Ruzo Ireland, Pigsback.com, MAD Flowers, The Grafton Barber and The Clean Beauty Edit are all pledging to raise money through their Pink Patron promotions in an effort to help the Foundation to continue to be there for people at every step of the cancer journey.
The Marie Keating Foundation’s ‘Pink Patrons’ both established and new, are not only helping to raise funds, but they are also sharing life-saving information about being breast aware and driving home their vital message that early detection of breast cancer saves lives.
1 in 10 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some stage of their life in Ireland, and almost all of us know someone touched by the disease. By coming on board as a ‘Pink Patron’ for the Marie Keating Foundation, these businesses are working to spread the message of cancer awareness and prevention to people all over the country and emphasising the importance of being breast aware.
Funds raised through the “Pink Patron” campaign will help the Marie Keating Foundation to continue to provide it’s cancer prevention, awareness and support services including their mobile information units, which visit towns, schools, communities and workplaces around Ireland and focus’ on the importance of early detection of breast and other cancers. Funds raised will also go towards supporting their survivorship programmes, including their Positive Living support group for women living with metastatic breast cancer, as well as their six week Survive & Thrive programmes, which support men and women after treatment and helps them adjust to their ‘new normal’. All of these survivorship programmes are now being delivered online to ensure that support remains in place at this challenging time while ensuring those most at risk remain safe at home.
The Marie Keating Foundation’s Pink Patron’s Include:
Marks and Spencer: A long standing and valued support of the Marie Keating Foundation, Marks & Spencer are once again supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month by making a generous donation of €10,000 and encouraging customers to play their part by making a €1 donation at the Lingerie tills in all stores throughout the month of October. M&S will also continue to donate a percentage of sales from their post-surgery bra line to the work of the Foundation. See instore for details.
In support of the Marie Keating Foundation’s services this Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Harvey Norman will be running “Sleep well with Change For Cancer” campaign. This initiative gives customers the opportunity to round up their purchase totals, with the excess funds being donated to support the Foundation’s COVID response services for cancer patients and their families, giving them access to free support programmes and information from the safety of their own home. For more information, visit www.harveynorman.ie
MAD Flowers: Continuing their long standing relationship with the Marie Keating Foundation, MAD Flowers have created a bouquet filled with pretty pink roses, dainty white gypsophilla florets and luxury sweet scented oriental pink lily’s to help support their Foundation’s life saving awareness and support services. €5 euro from the sale of each bouquet will go to the Foundation and shoppers can receive €5 off their purchase by using the code MADMK5 in store or online at www.madflowers.com/
Pigsback.com: This breast cancer awareness month, Pigsback.com will be sponsoring the first ever Virtual 5/10k Run or walk all in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation. Allowing people to take part virtually in the long standing event each October, those that register will still receive a Pigsback T-shirt and medal, but will now be able to run, walk or jog their 5/10K in their local area to keep fit, and show their support for those on a breast cancer journey. To take part, all you have to do is register here.
Ruzo Ireland: Ruzo Ireland have kindly come on board this October to show their support for the 3,323 women diagnosed with breast cancer each year in Ireland. By selling their stunning ribbon necklaces and donating 10% of the proceeds from the sale of the necklace throughout the month of October to the Marie Keating Foundation, Ruzo Ireland are helping the Foundation to be there for people at every step of their cancer journey. Available in yellow, white and rose gold, these stunning piece are available to purchase here.
Skechers: Skechers Ireland is committed to supporting the Marie Keating Foundation and their vital breast cancer support services, especially during these difficult times as their fundraising events have been cancelled. For every pair of Skechers Gowalk 5 and GoRun Fast shoes sold , €5 of the RRP will be donated to The Marie Keating Foundation. These lightweight, responsive walking shoes are available for sale at Skechers Stores nationwide while stocks last. Each shoe includes the iconic breast cancer awareness pink ribbon on the heel.
The Clean Beauty Edit: The Clean Beauty Edit are continuing to support the Marie Keating Foundation as one of their Pink Patron by hosting a Shop and Support Weekend on the 9th -11th of October. €5 from each order total during this weekend will be donated to support the Marie Keating Foundation’s vital cancer support and awareness services. An online give away featuring a prize bundle worth over €250 euro will also be donated this breast cancer awareness month. For more information, visit www.thecleanbeautyedit.com
The Grafton Barber: The Grafton Barber is proud to continue our relationship with the Marie Keating Foundation and will once again be ‘going pink’ in October to raise vital funds for the Foundation’s work in breast cancer awareness. The Grafton Barber’s signature Golf Umbrella will be available in a special limited edition ‘Marie Keating Pink’ exclusively and for a limited run from any one of their 47 stores across the country throughout the month of October. The umbrellas will be on sale for €10 with all proceeding being donated to the Marie Keating Foundation.
Linda Keating, Director of Fundraising, the Marie Keating Foundation, said, “We are so grateful to all our “Pink Patrons” this October who are helping us to raise much needed funds in support of our vital cancer support and prevention services. We understand the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on incomes first hand and we are truly grateful to all of our Pink Patrons for once again coming on board and helping us to continue to be there for people at every step of their cancer journey. Over 3,323 women in Ireland are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. The money raised through this campaign will support our work in education, awareness and community outreach services to ensure everyone in Ireland has the information they need to detect cancer at its earliest stages and get the help they need.”
It is not too late to become a “Pink Patron” for the Marie Keating Foundation. Interested organisations can contact the Marie Keating Foundation on 01 628 3728 or email our fundraising department at [email protected] .
For more information about the Marie Keating Foundation’s “Pink Patron’s” see www.mariekeating.ie.