05 October 2010

Message to women – Cancer Won’t Wait, Everything Else Can

Women invited to fun filled coffee morning of massage, pampering and health awareness

Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown and Newcastle/Rathcoole women are being invited to pamper themselves in the name of Breast Cancer Awareness. This unusual form of coffee morning is being organised by the Marie Keating Foundation and local Fine Gael Senator Frances Fitzgerald who have oraganised a line up of lifestyle experts to inform, advise and pamper local women. The events which take place throughout Lucan, Clondalkin, Palmerstown and Newcastle/Rathcoole are being held to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October). Each event will hear from a breast health care nurse, RTE nutritionist Aveen Bannon and Life Coach Brian Colbert.

“The focus of the event is health awareness,” explained Senator Frances Fitzgerald who is using her profile as a local politician to increase awareness of breast cancer, early detection and the importance of attending your mammogram appointments.

“Breast cancer affects one in eight women. It is a startling statistic and this month we are asking women to stand together and show solidarity as we create awareness of this dreadful disease that has affected so many women in our community. The events we have put together promise to be fun as well as educational and the Marie Keating Foundation have even organised taster massages for women who attend. We will also hear from lifestyle experts including Aveen Bannon and Brian Colbert as well as a breast health nurse. The emphasis of these events is on the importance women taking charge of their own health as much as possible,” said Senator Frances Fitzgerald.
Frances herself has long had a special interest in health issues. Before she entered politics Frances was a social worker on the frontline in St James’ Hospital, The Mater Hospital and the Ballymun Child and Family Centre. Frances campaigned for the nationwide extension of the mammogram service during her days as Chair of the National Women’s Council and is currently campaigning for the extension of the mammogram service to cater to women aged 43-73.

“The Marie Keating Foundation, who do such invaluable work in this area, are running a campaign all month to encourage women to put their health first. The message of their campaign is simple – cancer won’t wait, everything else can,” continued Frances Fitzgerald.

“I am hoping that women throughout Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown and Newcastle/Rathcoole will turn up to their local event to support this message and learn all there is to know about protecting themselves from developing breast cancer. Between the celebrities, the goodie bags and the massages it will be a fun-filled morning for women in Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmertown and Newcastle,” concluded Frances Fitzgerald.

North Clondalkin Event - Neilstown Community Centre - Thurs Oct 7th
Clondalkin Village Event - Aras Chronain - Fri Oct 8th
Palmertown Event - The Coachouse - Mon Oct 11th
Lucan Event - Kenny's - Fri Oct 15th
Newcastle/Rathcoole Event - Newcastle Hall - Mon Oct 18th
Knockmitten Event - Knockmitten Youth & Family Centre - Fri Oct 22nd

For more info log on to http://www.mariekeating.ie/