Pink Tank talk to raise funds for local Kildare cancer services

A team of four top professional women from the legal, media and business fields are bringing the Pink Tank road show to Kildare to help raise funds for breast cancer support services.

A team of four top professional women from the legal, media and business fields are bringing the Pink Tank road show to Kildare to help raise funds for breast cancer support services.

Barrister and former “Where in the World” host, Theresa Lowe will be joined by Nicola Byrne, who is founder of 11890 Ltd and a media spokesperson on business issues. Orlaith Carmody, director of Mediatraining.ie and former RTE journalist will also be taking part alongside Linda O’Shea Farren, former corporate lawyer and founding president of the Irish American Law Society. The event will take place at the Westgrove Hotel, Clane on Wednesday September 7 at 8pm. Tickets for this charity fun night will cost E10 and all the money raised will go to the Little Way Cancer centre in Clane, which also has out reach services in Athy and Newbridge. Afterwards, there will be music by Gold and a prize for the best dressed “Lily the Pink”.

Director of Little Way, Evelyn McKee is delighted this inspirational road show is coming to Kildare. She also thanked Naas Oil for sponsoring the event. The Pink Tank is a discussion forum with a motivational edge and has been touring the country.

“We are very lucky to have them. I was at a presentation of their’s down in An Grianán and I asked them would they do a charity night and they said they would. After that I asked Naas Oil if they had a tank we could use and they found an old tank and they cleaned it up and did the graphics on it,” she said. “One hundred per cent of the money raised will go towards providing services in Kildare.”

The Little Way Cancer Support Centre was set up in Clane in October 2003 to provide support for cancer patients, their families and friends. The diagnosis of cancer can mark the beginning of a long and frightening journey, not just for the person who has received the diagnosis, but also for their families and friends. The centre can be accessed without a formal referral; just by phoning or dropping in. All the services available within the centre are free of charge. It is a voluntary organisation that depends on the generosity of the public. The centre runs an out reach service in Ryston, Newbridge on Wednesdays from 11am to 1pm. It also has a service at 7 Leinster Street, Athy on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10.30am to 1.30pm.

The house in Clane is open five days a week from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Holistic therapies and counselling services are available. A new eight-week course starts in September, which is aimed at helping cancer sufferers deal with the emotional stress of coping with the disease. There is also a separate course for carers/family members, which will give them practical advice on how to help their loved ones.

Demand for the services has dramatically increased and with the downturn, it is harder than ever to raise much needed funds, stresses Evelyn.

The Pink Tank has been organised to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to engage more fully in public life - in the media, in business, in politics, in the community and in social entrepreneurship. The leading professionals say the things that don’t normally get said, discussing life and love, news and views, politics and power with equal ease. For further information or to book your tickets call 045-902996.