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Sports stars united for Cancer Research Spinathon

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Sports stars united for Cancer Research Spinathon thumbnailDARREN Mullen, manager of Newry City AFC with Paddy O'Hanlon, Treasurer, and Gervase McCartan, Chairman, Newry Cancer Research Committee promoting the Newry Cancer Research Committee's spinathon

TWO of Newry's sporting heroes have united to back Newry Cancer Research Committee's Spinathon.

The event is taking place in aid of 'World Cancer Day' and the local committee are calling upon individuals, businesses, community, voluntary and sporting groups to get involved and bring along family and friends to show their unity for the fight for cancer while raising vital funds for life saving research.

Gervase McCartan from the group stated that one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives.

“With everyone's support Cancer Research UK has helped double survival rates in the last 40 years. There are 200 cancer types and collectively together we need to work harder than ever to raise vital funds to help our local scientists to find a cure and beat cancer sooner to help the people of Northern Ireland.

“We are hosting a 'World Cancer Day Spinathon' which will take place on Saturday, February 4 at Tesco Extra Store on the Belfast Road from 8am-8pm.

“There will be five bikes pedalling for 12 hours and you can book yourspinning session for a minimum 10 donation. Spin for as long as you like and donate as much as you can. This fundraiser is open to all members of the general public aged 16+ years."

Darren Mullen, manager of Newry City AFC, stated that he is delighted to pledge his support for World Cancer Day.

He said, "Coming together to remember those we've lost to cancer is very close to my heart with the recent bereavement of my father Raymond who suffered from cancer in his later years.

“I also lost my mother-In-law Alice Poland to cancer so I appreciate the stress and suffering involved with those affected by this disease.

“My family and fellow team mates at Newry City AFC want to remember fondly those we've lost to cancer, elebrate those who are still here and be a part of a generation that transforms the lives of people across Northern Ireland affected by cancer. We are looking forward to showing our support on Saturday February 4."

Meanwhile, Linfield defender Mark Haughey says that he too is delighted to be supporting Newry Cancer Research on World Cancer Day.

“It's a new year and a new challenge for the committee to raise vital funds to support the work of 30 scientists based at our world leading Cancer Research & Cell Biology Centre at Queens University Belfast.

“It's important that everyone gets involved and shows their support as everyone knows someone that has been affected by this cruel disease.

“There are loads of local sports clubs in the area so get signed up today. You can also wear your Unity Band with pride which can be purchased from any member of Newry Cancer Research or the local Cancer Research charity shop on Hill Street, Newry."

For more information visit the Newry Cancer Research Committee's Facebook page: Newry Cancer Research or contact Gervaise on 028 3026 2744, Paddy O'Hanlon on 07787 516 290, or Bernie Ward: 07792 080 965.

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