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Naas choral event aims to raise €5,000 for cancer research

Ann Cahill, Catherine and Mary Fox, pictured at the rehearsals for the forthcoming concert with the Kildare Cancer Survivors Choir.     Photo Tony Keane.

Ann Cahill, Catherine and Mary Fox, pictured at the rehearsals for the forthcoming concert with the Kildare Cancer Survivors Choir. Photo Tony Keane.

Tickets have gone on sale for the third concert to be performed by the Big C Choir - to be hosted at the Church of Our Lady and St. David on May 9 at 8pm.

The singers (from Co. Kildare and two from Co. Offaly) have been rehearsing at Caragh church since January and the tickets (€10 each) are on sale at parish offices in Naas, Caragh and Newbridge.

Currently there are 30 singers in the choir and up to now all of the members have suffered cancer. This year they’ve been joined by a small number of friends of cancer patients.

“The choir is a group of cancer survivors and friends because people approached me who are friends of people who have cancer and are getting treatment because they want to help friends who’d otheerwise take part themselves,” choir director Christina O’Connell explained.

The last two concerts have raised in the region of €11,000.

Sponsorship is a big help. Millbrook Press are printing the posters, tickets and programmes all for nothing while Dunnes Stores have sponsored tops, shirts, ties and vouchers.

This year they hope to raise at least €5,000 and it will all go on research into cancers affecting men and women.

Apart from the choir there will be guests like Mark Trundle, Catherine Leonard, La Cheile Choir (Caragh), Barbara O’Connell, Liz Leonard, Mary Farrell, Caroline Sutton, Diarmuid Guinan.

Mona Conroy is the MC and another Naas woman Aine Loughran is the the musical director. There will be 500 tickets available and the organisers have kept ticket prices as low as possible because some attendees will be senior citizens and the attendees will also contribute to the raffle.

“We’re grateful for Fr. John Brickley for the use of the Naas church; Fr Joe McDermott for the use of Caragh church; sacristan John Farrell and Janet Quirke parish secretary,” added Christina.

 

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