Masquerade Ball Raises over €150K to Support Families Facing Childhood Cancer in Ireland
We are delighted to announce that Cancer Fund for Children’s Masquerade Ball has raised a staggering €156,252. This brings the total raised by the charity’s Gala Ball committee, over the last three years, to an incredible €470,421.
300 guests attended the event in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on Saturday 28th September, including former formula one racing driver Eddie Irvine, former Miss Ireland and Herald columnist Holly Carpenter, Ireland’s leading Japanese cook and cookery instructor, Fiona Uyema and former Rugby International Mick Quinn, who also hosted the gala evening.
Our Care Free Choir whose members include children and parents we support along with our staff and volunteers blew guests away with their stunning performance of Hallelujah, Only You and Falling Slowly.
Funds raised on the night will go towards the building of Daisy Lodge Co. Mayo, a new therapeutic short break centre for families from across Ireland facing the devastating impact of a childhood cancer diagnosis. Our new purpose-built complex, which will cost approximately €14.5 m, will be modelled upon and named after our existing therapeutic short break centre, Daisy Lodge, in Newcastle, County Down.
Mark Fegan from Kildare, spoke movingly to guests about how his eight year old son Daniel sadly passed away six months ago after a long battle with cancer. The Fegan family benefited from our support after Daniel was diagnosed with a wilms tumour in March 2016. His family visited Daisy Lodge, Newcastle on two occasions, providing a much-needed escape from reality for the whole family.
Mark Fegan said,
“From the moment we arrived at Daisy Lodge we were made to feel so welcome. The boys were made to feel special and Dani was made to feel normal. The Lodge itself is a treat. One of my abiding memories was of our boys racing cars around the garden. When we went back a second time, this February, it was one of the things we had to recreate for Dani despite him being far weaker. For us the spa treatment was a gift from the gods and helped us face another gruelling week ahead.
A huge facility with 50 families in attendance would lose its magic and become just another institution. The last thing a very sick child wants or needs. The uniqueness of Daisy Lodge requires that there is another dedicated facility in Ireland that can reach out to far more families.”
Speaking about the success of the Masquerade Ball Cancer Fund for Children CEO Phil Alexander said,
“I would like to thank everyone who attended this spectacular event and donated so generously. The feedback we have received from guests has been amazing. This ball has truly become one of the highlights in our events calendar. I must give special thanks to our fabulous ball committee who include; Donal O’Shaughnessy, Colin Cunningham, Gerry Halpenny, Helen Mulcahy, John Holland, Bob Hoffman, and Louise Howard. They are the driving force behind this annual fundraiser and somehow ensure each year is even better than the previous!
The reality is that Cancer Fund for Children can currently only provide one in seven families from Ireland who are faced with a childhood cancer diagnosis with a therapeutic short break. With a site purchased in a stunning location and planning permission approved we have taken the first steps towards building Daisy Lodge Co Mayo and we now we need the help of business and the local community to help us deliver our mission that no family in Ireland should face childhood cancer alone.”
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