07 October 2011

Minister Fitzgerald Pinks it up for Breast Cancer


Fitzgerald invites local women to feel good event to mark breast cancer awareness month

Dig out something pink to wear and come along and treat yourself in the name of breast cancer awareness. That’s the message for women throughout out area from your local Minister, Frances Fitzgerald, who has again teamed up with the Marie Keating Foundation to bring you a coffee morning with a twist.

“After the success of last year’s events, I thought it was important to continue this local breast cancer awareness campaign. The events which the Marie Keating Foundation and I hold, offer local women the opportunity to come along and hear expert advice from the Marie Keating Foundation’s breast health nurse in a fun environment. There’s massages on offer and celebrity life coaches and nutritionists on hand to dole out encouragement and advice and there will even be one of two surprises on offer for guests. Health awareness and breast health awareness in particular is the focus of the campaign but we want to promote this message in a fun and friendly way,” explained Minister Frances Fitzgerald who is using her profile to increase awareness of breast cancer, early detection and the importance of attending your mammogram appointments.

Women are being invited to attend the coffee morning billed as ‘feel good events’ at various locations throughout the area.

Rathcoole Event – Tues 6th Oct, Rathcoole Community Centre
Clondalkin Event – Mon 10th Oct, Round Towers GAA Club
Lucan Event – Thurs 13th Oct, Kenny’s Lounge

The events offer a line up of lifestyle experts to inform, advise and pamper and 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.

“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 Minister 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.

“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 Minister 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.