Hilda’s head shave raised over €8,000 for Cancer CARE Centre

Fethard woman Hilda Laslett had her head shaved and raised the fantastic sum of €8,257.69 for cancer care. This was a very courageous and unselfish act and Hilda deserves great praise for her efforts. Hilda is extremely grateful to her hard working committee of Pamela Sweeney, Niamh Kenny, Pat and Angela Keavney, Monica Pollard, Pat Morrissey and Abigail Sheehan who performed the shave.

Fethard woman Hilda Laslett had her head shaved and raised the fantastic sum of €8,257.69 for cancer care. This was a very courageous and unselfish act and Hilda deserves great praise for her efforts. Hilda is extremely grateful to her hard working committee of Pamela Sweeney, Niamh Kenny, Pat and Angela Keavney, Monica Pollard, Pat Morrissey and Abigail Sheehan who performed the shave.

Hilda also wishes to thank all the people who very kindly allowed their premises to be used for the bucket collections. The head shave took place in The Village Inn, Moyglass, and was attended by a large and generous crowd.

Pat Morrissey was a brilliant auctioneer on the night and managed to sell all lots. The committee are very appreciative of those who very kindly donated items for auction. Kumar Mehta supplied the entertainment and sound system and managed to fill the dance floor with his choice of music. A great night was enjoyed by all and ‘Junior’ received great praise for his culinary prowess.

Hilda was overwhelmed by the generosity of the public and the huge amount of money raised justified her brave decision and hard work. The money raised was presented to CARE in Clonmel and everyone who helped in any way can feel proud that they are making a difference to people’s lives.

Dr. Constantino Fiuza Castineira who specialises in breast cancer accepted the cheque on behalf of CARE and the following details explain what the funds raised will be used for.

CARE (Cancer Aftercare Relaxation Education) Cancer Support Centre Clonmel

At CARE we aim to provide a warm, safe and confidential environment for people diagnosed with Cancer and their families. We offer support, information, counselling, holistic therapies and healing work shops to all. Person’s visiting the centre find a warm, relaxed and supportive environment where they can chat in confidence over a cup of tea or coffee with a trained volunteer or staff member. All our services are provided free of charge and all are welcome.

Dragon Boat Project by Dr. Constantino Fiuza Castineira

One out of every ten women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their life time. With the new treatments available, the number of women who survive after diagnoses is increasing all the time. Life style changes, diet and exercise help to reduce

the probability of recurrence, after diagnosis, and also to prevent it.

Exercise after diagnoses, in patients with early breast cancer (non metastatic), has been shown to reduce breast cancer deaths by 34 percent and breast recurrence by up to 50 percent. Exercise prior to diagnoses can reduce the risk of breast cancer by 50 percent also. Research has shown that exercise is also beneficial for other cancers like prostate and colon.

The Irish Cancer Society (ICS) is promoting the implementation of exercise programs throughout the country through Cancer support groups.

In South Tipperary the CARE support group is in the process of developing a project to encourage people that have suffered breast cancer to get involved in doing exercise, but at the same time have fun in doing so. Team sports facilitate this aim, and the benefits are more extensive, although perhaps not recognized immediately (ICS).

Dragon boats have been around for over 2000 years. Their origin is in the River Milo in China. The use of Dragon Boats in Breast Cancer survivors dates back to 1996. A team in Canada was formed under the auspices of Dr McKenzie (Abreast in a boat) to prove that upper body exercise is not detrimental for patients who have suffered from breast cancer, even in the presence of lymphedema. Nowadays they are over 140 breast cancer dragon boat teams in the world. Last year, the first world competition of breast cancer dragon boats team took place in Malaysia. There was Irish presence and we even brought home a medal.

The Plurabelle paddlers are the first Irish Breast cancer survivors dragon boat team. They are based in Dublin and you can read about them on their web site.

In South Tipperary a group of people is working to get a team going in Clonmel. This is becoming a community effort. The organizations involved are: Clonmel Rowing Club, CARE cancer support group, Europa Donna, The Plurabelle paddlers, The Irish Dragon Boat Association and also the people who create our funds, our fund raisers include: South Tipperary and Waterford Cancer Support Group, chaired by Mrs Catherine Phelan, and the people of Tipperary like the group that got together headed by Ms Hilda Laslett et al, who shaved her head and donated the money to us to help with our project.

So thank you very much to you all, the citizens of this county who in times of hardship are so generous.

I wish to take this opportunity, to encourage all of those who wish to come out from themselves after a breast cancer diagnoses, to get in touch with the CARE support group at Wellington St, and give your name and contact number if you are interested; if you wish to form part of CRC-DRAGON PADDLERS.

Our dragon boat will be arriving to Clonmel, if no problems are encountered, by the middle of February.