This Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), generous companies are going pink with a purpose by becoming “Pink Patrons” for the Marie Keating Foundation. Marks & Spencer, Jo Harpur Jewellery, Skechers Shoes, Shaws Department Stores, The Grafton Barbers, Catwalk HQ Tans, MAD flowers, THEY Healthcare, Harvey Norman and Pigsback.com are all helping to raise funds for the Marie Keating Foundation’s fight against breast cancer.
The Marie Keating Foundation’s “Pink Patrons” are also helping to spread awareness about how women can help to reduce their risk of breast cancer and be more breast aware, as each year over 3,215 women in Ireland are diagnosed with this disease.
Funds raised from the “Pink Patron” campaign will help the Marie Keating Foundation to continue its services such as their mobile information units, which visit towns, schools, community centres and workplaces around Ireland and focuses on the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Funds will also help support the Foundation’s Positive Living programme, which provides support for the specific emotional and practical needs of people with metastatic cancer. During the month of October, the Foundation will be holding two breast cancer related seminars. The first is being held on Friday 11th October in House Leeson Street, in Dublin, in conjunction with Europa Donna and will cover raise awareness for women living with metastatic breast cancer. The second will take place in the Catherine McAuley Education Centre on Wednesday 16th October and will consist of an informal information evening for women and their families considering breast reconstruction after cancer.
The Marie Keating Foundation’s Pink Patrons include:
Skechers: For every pair of ‘Go Walk Joy’ and “Go Run Focus” shoes sold, €5 of the RRP will be donated to The Marie Keating Foundation. The lightweight, responsive walking shoes are available for sale at Skecher Stores nationwide while stocks last. Each shoe includes the iconic breast cancer awareness pink ribbon on the heel.
Jo Harpur Jewellery: Jo Harpur Jewellery is raising awareness this Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 5% of the sale of the “DREAM”, “HOPE” and “LOVE” necklaces online will go towards supporting the work done by the Marie Keating Foundation. The Disks are Sterling Silver with Gold Plating and are engraved in a Celtic Irish font with Swarovski Stones with the words Dream, Hope or Love. These necklaces are available for purchase online at https://jo-harpur-jewellery.myshopify.com/
Marks & Spencer: 25% of the sales of 12 of their beautiful sleepwear ranges will be donated to the Marie Keating Foundation to help support their work in breast cancer awareness this October. These sleepwear ranges are available on www.marksandspencer.ie and in stores nationwide.
Catwalk HQ Tans: Catwalk HQ tans will be selling tanning goody bags including a mixture of mousse and lotion tans for the month of October in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation. For every bottle of tan that leaves their warehouse or is sold online or instore, Catwalk HQ will give a 50c donation to support the services of the Marie Keating Foundation. The goody bags are available to buy online or in Catwalk HQ tan stockists, a full list of which can be found at www.catwalkhq.com
Grafton Barbers: 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 41 stores across the country throughout the month of October. The umbrellas will be on sale for €10 and a donation will be made from the sale of each umbrella.
Theya Healthcare: This October, customers of Theya Healthcare will be incentivised to make a donation at the till in support of the Marie Keating Foundation’s efforts to spread awareness and information about breast cancer to all the people of Ireland. Theya Healthcare developed the first bra that helps protect and soothe the skin after surgery and radiotherapy, made with sustainable materials and fabrics. This October they are proud to support the Marie Keating Foundation in their battle against breast cancer.
Shaw’s Department Stores: For each pair of Skechers ‘Go Walk Joy’, ‘GO Walk Hope’ and ‘Go Run Focus’ sold in Shaw’s Department stores nationwide, €5 will be donated to the Marie Keating Foundation to support their breast cancer services.
Harvey Norman: Harvey Norman have generously agreed to set up an “Add A Euro at the till” in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation this October. Customers will be asked if they would like to donate while they are paying at all till points throughout their 12 stores in the republic of Ireland. Harvey Norman will also run in-store fundraisers such as bake sales, Pink fancy dress days and sponsored walks all in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation
Mad Flowers: MAD Flowers have designed a special Rose and Lily Pink Bouquet to raise awareness this Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The bouquet features pretty pink roses, dainty white gypsophilla florets and luxury sweet scented oriental pink lilies all held together in a beautiful glass vase. For every bouquet sold, MAD Flowers will donate €5 to the Marie Keating Foundation to help support their work in the battle against breast cancer. The bouquet can be purchased in-store or online at www.madflowers.com for €49 (RRP €65).
Pigsback.com: Pigsback.com are holding their annual Pigsback 5k and 10k run/walk in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation at 10am on Sunday, 13th October 2019 in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Registration for the event is €25 for both the 5km and 10km events. All proceeds will go to fund the charity’s life-saving work in breast cancer. Registration can take place on the day or at https://www.mariekeating.ie/events/
Linda Keating, Director of Fundraising, the Marie Keating Foundation, said, “We at the Marie Keating Foundation are so grateful to all the businesses that have become “Pink Patrons” for the month of October. Their support and generosity is helping us in our continued fight against breast cancer. The funds raised from this campaign will help the Marie Keating Foundation reach more communities, workplaces, schools and colleges to educate people about the importance of being breast aware. Early detection and prevention are vital. Funds raised will also help us support women who are on a cancer journey, as well as those who have come out the other side of treatment. This October we hope to reach as many women as possible and give everyone the tools they need to spot signs and symptoms associated with breast cancer, and the information and support they need to seek advice.”
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.