The National Breast Cancer Research Institute together with Galway Racecourse are today delighted to announce that their recent ‘Race in Pink’ fundraising day hosted at Ballybrit on Sunday 27th October, together and the ‘Win a BMW’ car raffle that occurred on the day raised a staggering €150,997 for the charity, a fitting way to end the year for all involved. This was the second year of the event at Galway Racecourse.
The National Breast Cancer Research Institute is an Irish charity that raises funds in support of the breast cancer research team lead by Professor Michael Kerin based at the Lambe Institute, NUI Galway. The support of local and national business and the huge amount of people who came to the event ensured this was one of the most successfully fundraising events.
Commenting on the money raised for the charity by the ‘Race in Pink’ event Michael Moloney, Manager of Galway Racecourse said “the generosity and support the event received was phenomenal. The day was hugely supported by businesses and hundreds of guests that supported the lunch on the day. People came from all over Ireland to support such a great cause. By partnering with the National Breast Cancer Research Institute, we are supporting a research team who are successfully working on improving breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. It was a superb day with fantastic feedback from the event. We had a great day that raised a large sum of money for such a worthy organisation. Well done to all involved, a great way to end the racing year for us too here at Galway Racecourse”.
The BMW car raffle was a huge success this year, with tickets just €20. Philip Duffy, National Co-Ordinator of this fundraising initiative said, “when we came up with the idea of raffling off a BMW we were a little apprehensive as it was our first big raffle to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research. However, it was a huge hit. We can’t thank everybody enough for their enormous generosity and support. Tickets were sold at the Galway races, The National Ploughing Championships and online. The BMW Raffle was a great success and can’t wait to choose the next raffle item. Watch this space”.