Last Thursday evening, Ardagh Girl Guides held their third annual ‘Paint it Pink’ night and raised a fantastic €538, €200 more than last year!
This year, the event coincided with Metastatic Breast Cancer Day and lead into Breast Health Day on Saturday, October 15.
The annual event was an initiative that came directly from one of the Guides, Nora-May, when her friend's mother, Evelyn Forde Wakefield, was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer at the age of thirty-three, with two children, who were aged three and nine at the time.
Metastatic Breast Cancer (mBC) is the most advanced stage of breast cancer, diagnosed as stage IV. It occurs when the cancer spreads beyond the breast to other parts of the body.
Typically, mBC metastases move from the breast to the bones, liver, brain, or lungs. Evelyn is very active in highlighting and campaigning for patients with mBC, having recently been on Ireland AM and Ray Darcy telling her moving story, which can also be found at www.evelyncancerlifer.com.
Nora-May approached the Girl Guide Leaders, wanting the Guides to do the Paint it Pink Breast Cancer fundraiser, which has been going strong for the past three years.
On advice from Evelyn, this year’s funds will be going to Europa Donna Ireland, an organisation that is working towards better breast cancer services nationwide. It is a volunteer-run organisation whose membership is largely made up of people with experience of breast cancer.
Europa Donna Ireland advocates to raise awareness of the need for screening and access for all women to best quality specialist breast centres and campaigns for evidence-based, best practice health policy changes to ensure this happens.
When told of the successful evening, the Europa Donna committee were blown away by their success and by the fact the Girl Guides had thought of them.
Their spokesperson thanked Ardagh Girl Guides, saying that; "the future of Ireland's breast health is safe in these girls' hands! Thank you Irish Girl Guides for raising a terrific amount for Europa Donna Ireland. We are truly grateful."
Ardagh Girl Guides would like to thank the families, friends, community and Leaders of the Brownies and Ladybirds who all came out to attend the packed event. We’re already looking forward to next year's!