Cancer care centre for Dundalk

Plans are afoot to put a specialist cancer support centre in place for Dundalk, and the group has come up with a novel idea to raise funds for the project.

The Cara Cancer Care Centre aim to support people and their families on their cancer journey by offering a warm, comfortable environment where advice, information, holistic therapies will be among a wide range on offer.

To start the fundraising they have come up with the idea of ‘Fun Friday Funny Feet’ where people will be asked to wear odd shoes on May 10 and donate €2.

Maria Clarke, secretary of the newly formed CARA (Irish for friend), says they are currently appealing for a house which can be used to provide the much needed service.

“Our aim is to provide comfort and care support in a professional and dedicated manner which

will help cancer patients and their families through what is a very difficult experience”, explained Maria.

“We would appreciate input and support from all corners of the community of Dundalk and surrounding areas. We invite volunteers, fundraisers, ideas and suggestions. Family and friends who have experienced cancer will have a huge role to play in this project. We are committed to this cause and we are determined to make it happen”, she added.

“The service will be for people from Dundalk and its surrounding areas. We are in the early stages of making this happen and we obviously have a huge challenge in front of us. We are asking for the people of Dundalk to help us make this dream a reality.

“First and foremost we are appealing for a house to be given to us where we can run the service and this house would ideally be in the town centre of Dundalk. We are also calling on people around town to support us as much as they possibly can for our very first fundraiser which takes place on Friday May 10”, urged Maria.

The fundraiser ‘Fun Friday Funny Feet’ will ask people to go into their schools, factories and places of work wearing odd shoes for the day. Everybody who takes part is asked to donate just €2 to CARA which will go towards getting the project of the ground.

The day is designed to be a fun day for all who take part and there will be spot prizes given out throughout the event by the CARA team.

Cara’s motto reads “We’ll support you every step of the way” and they are appealing for the Dundalk communities support as they try and get the cancer care centre up and running.

For more information on Cara Cancer Care Centre go to their facebook page and for anybody who wants to take part in the ‘Fun Friday Funny Feet’ fundraiser call Claire at 0874157544. There is also an email address should people wish to ask any questions at

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