Excel Theatre hosts successful cancer care fundraiser

A fundraising concert in aid of C.A.R.E. South Tipperary Cancer Support Centre, with traditional music and song took place on November 20 at the Excel Theatre. The concert was organised by Virginia Moore, from Carhue, Dundrum who has been receiving chemotherapy for the last year and availing of the C.A.R.E. services in Clonmel.

A fundraising concert in aid of C.A.R.E. South Tipperary Cancer Support Centre, with traditional music and song took place on November 20 at the Excel Theatre. The concert was organised by Virginia Moore, from Carhue, Dundrum who has been receiving chemotherapy for the last year and availing of the C.A.R.E. services in Clonmel.

“The highlight of the night was to see the coming together of friends, family and neighbours who turned out to support the event,” said Virginia. “Many people bought tickets to support the charity concert but it was great to see them in person. It’s been a difficult time and the support and well wishes on the night from many friends and neighbours meant a lot to me.”

Fran Curry from Tipp FM was MC on the night and introduced a number of musical performers including: Billy Clifford, Ailbe Grace and Anthony O’Connor and various traditional groups and singers. Paddy McAuliffe, a well-known Seanachai from Kilmallock and Eire Og Set Dancers on the night also entertained the audience.

At the end of a successful night Virginia presented a cheque for €6,810 to Ann Kennedy-Director of Services for C.A.R.E. South Tipperary Cancer Support Centre.

C.A.R.E. supports those who are affected by cancer in the South Tipperary area and provides emotional support, information, support groups, complementary and relaxation therapies and counseling referrals. All services are free of charge and provided in the strictest confidence. The C.A.R.E. centre is open Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm.

Mary Sarsfield, Manager of the Excel, was happy that the event was successful for Virginia. “It was great to host a concert like this on behalf of the community and to support C.A.R.E. and the magnificent work that they do.”

Since the concert the fund-raising has exceeded €7000.