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THE FORCE WILL BE WITH YOU IN DONEGAL THIS WEEKEND!

first_imgEmerald Garrison members pictured with some children from the Childhood Cancer Foundation at the recent launch of their charity partnership.A campaign to increase the awareness of Childhood Cancer will get some impressive help in Donegal next weekend, when the magnificent Emerald Garrison come to visit the International Sheep Shearing Championships in Burt.Ireland’s largest independent Star Wars costuming club has just announced a charity partnership with Childhood Cancer Foundation and have attended a number of their events in 2014. They will appear again on the 31st May in Donegal for the All Ireland And International World Sheep Shearing Championship.The famed Star Wars costuming club – that brings together enthusiasts from all over the world – has visited Donegal before to raise awareness of Childhood Cancer, going down an absolute treat at the group’s Easter Eggstravaganza in Oakfield Park last year. “We are thrilled that Emerald Garrison are coming along to the Sheep Shearing Championships where we are hosting an awareness stand over the weekend. They were really a storm-trooping success when they came to Raphoe and we are certain that they will create a massive buzz in Burt as well,” Maura Toner a spokesperson for Childhood Cancer Foundation, said.Maura, who lives on Inch Island and whose 8 year old daughter Emer is in remission from Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, added that while the visit of the Star Wars characters will add to the interest, the main focus for Childhood Cancer Foundation over the weekend is to raise awareness of childhood cancer through their stand.“Childhood Cancer Foundation’s overarching mission is to spread awareness of childhood cancer and we’re hoping that by having our own stand at the event in Burt that we can do that. A massive crowd is expected at the Sheep Shearing Championships and we’ll be hoping to get information out to as many people as possible”Muara also explained that Childhood cancer is very different to adult cancer and is often faster spreading, requiring aggressive treatments that can have a devastating effect on young bodies. “Radiation and chemotherapy can cause life-long issues ranging from cognitive deficits that require special assistance at school to cardiac damage that requires lifelong monitoring.By spreading awareness of childhood cancer, the difficulties of treatment, the death of at least 20% of those affected and the long-term side effects faced by survivors, we hope to change attitudes towards childhood cancer.”Childhood Cancer Foundation (CCF) is a registered Charity set up by family members of children with cancer. They also advocate for improved services for children and families affected by childhood cancer and work closely with St John’s Cancer Ward in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin to help fund vital supports for parents and children who are affected by this disease.The charity is currently funding play services on St John’s Day Ward. It has also just announced the funding of a research project at the hospital. Childhood Cancer Foundation will also be running the third annual Light It Up Gold campaign for childhood cancer awareness this September.“Over 200 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in Ireland and Childhood cancer is the biggest cause of death by disease in children in Ireland.Childhood Cancer Foundation is committed to raising public awareness of the issues surrounding childhood cancer, developing early diagnosis programmes amongst health care professionals, advocating for improved services for children affected by cancer and assisting to fund vital services for children and families affected by this disease,” Maura concluded.Ends CaptionsLIUG1Emerald Garrison members pictured with some children from the Childhood Cancer Foundation at the recent launch of their charity partnership.THE FORCE WILL BE WITH YOU IN DONEGAL THIS WEEKEND! was last modified: May 26th, 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)last_img read more