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03 Jul 2022

Going pink for Breast Cancer Awareness in Ardara

Four benches on the grounds of St Shanaghan House to change colour

Going pink for Breast Cancer Awareness in Ardara

St Shanaghan House in Ardara is going pink for Breast Cancer Awareness.

The public right of way through St Shanaghan House Sheltered Housing complex in Ardara is used by many people as both a shortcut into town and as part of a wider circular walking route.

From this Saturday on it is going to fulfil another function.

"Given the critical importance of self-examination and early contact with your GP if anything feels or looks different, we have decided to paint the four benches through the grounds of St Shanaghan House a bright pink.

"It is hoped that this ‘stand out’ colour synonymous with Breast Cancer Awareness will act as a prompt for those walking through to think about the importance of self-awareness and follow up action. 

"Indeed, it is also hoped that it will prompt all to think about self-examination and seeking appropriate medical referral if anything feels or looks different in the breast, testes or anywhere else. 

"The Tús worker Fergal Gatins who has carried out most of the work is owed gratitude as is Teresa McDonnell the supervisor and DLDC who provide tremendous support to community organisations such as ourselves. 

"So, we hope everyone, male, female and non-specific enjoy our new brightly coloured benches and think on, of the importance of taking responsibility for our health, examining ourselves for anything different and seeking medical advice if needed," said a spokesperson for St Shanaghan's.

The launch taking place tomorrow, Saturday, June 11 at 3pm.

Senator Eileen Flynn and Thomas Pringle TD have agreed to launch this initiative. It is also hoped that local councillor, Anthony Molloy will be available to show support at all levels for this important initiative

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