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DONEGAL LANDMARKS ‘LIGHT UP GOLD’ FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION

first_imgCastle Bridge, Buncrana.Some of Donegal’s most notable buildings and landmarks have once again been lit up gold this month as part of the 3rd annual Light It Up Gold campaign by Childhood Cancer Foundation.The Irish campaign is part of a wider international campaign originating in the USA, that has seen buildings across the world ‘Light It Up Gold’ in September to shine a light on the bravery of children dealing with cancer and this year’s campaign in Ireland sees the CCF collaborating with Cancer Fund for Children and CLIC Sargent in Northern Ireland.It’s been a busy year for Childhood Cancer Foundation who earlier this summer announced partnerships with the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) and with Emerald Garrison, Ireland’s largest independent Star Wars costuming club.These associations are invaluable to the charity with both Emerald Garrison and the GPA, helping to support the promotional activity of CCF, including the charity’s Light It Up Gold Campaign. Emerald Garrison’s Derry Invasion last weekend at the Millennium Forum saw thousands of Star Wars enthusiasts throng to the Maiden City and Childhood Cancer Foundation had an awareness stand at the event. The troop was also supporting CCF at the Curragh Racecourse for Longines Irish Champions Weekend.Gaelic players from counties nationwide, including the All Ireland winning Kilkenny senior hurling team, have volunteered their services to support the new partnership and will work as ambassadors with CCF both in their communities and to promote national events.Maura Toner, who lives on Inch Island and whose 8-year-old daughter Emer is in remission from Stage 4 Neuroblastoma explained that Childhood Cancer Foundation’s overarching mission is to spread awareness of childhood cancer.“There has been a great response from buildings across Ireland, north and south. Our aim this year is to have gold shining in 32 counties across Ireland. Increased awareness will improve early detection and increase understanding among policy makers and communities which will hopefully reduce the isolation of families going through childhood cancer treatment and side effects.” In county Donegal, the Public Service Centres in Donegal Town, Dungloe and Milford are going gold. In Buncrana, the Council Offices, Castle Bridge and the Roundabout are all already lit up gold as indeed is An Grianán Theatre and the Polestar Roundabout in Letterkenny and the Castle Folly at Oakfield Park in Raphoe. In coming days, additional buildings/landmarks will be added to this list, ensuring that once more, Donegal will be leading the way with the Light It Up Gold campaignIn Northern Ireland, buildings lighting up gold include the Guildhall in Derry, Armagh Gaol and Enniskillen Castle among others.“We are so grateful to everyone who has come on board with the campaign and would like to especially recognize the efforts of Liam O’Hara of O’Hara & Harrison Electrical Contractors who have worked for free to install temporary lights for us at the Polestar. Also special thanks to various staff within Donegal County Council who assisted me again this year with this campaign.She concluded: “We are delighted that children diagnosed with cancer in the Republic of Ireland are now automatically entitled to a medical card for five years. This is after extensive campaigning by parents of children with cancer. We are currently engaged in submissions for the National Cancer Strategy 2016-2020 and we hope to have paediatric cancer recognised in the cancer strategy for the first time. We hope this will improve the situation for families dealing with childhood cancer in the future.”DONEGAL LANDMARKS ‘LIGHT UP GOLD’ FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION was last modified: September 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLANDMARKSLIGHT UP GOLDlast_img

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