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Regina launches Rock Rose House cycle fundraiser

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SHOW OF SUPPORT The tenth annual Greenway Cycle in aid of the local Mayo Cancer Support Centre, Rock Rose House, takes place on Sunday, August 4 and was recently launched by Regina Duffy at the Westport Greenway, from left: Trisha Greavy, General Manager, Mayo Cancer Support; Regina Duffy, John Tiernan, Mayo Cancer Support; Adele Duffy and Eugene Connolly, Mayo Cancer Support.  Pic:Michael McLaughlin

Áine Ryan

HEROIC cancer survivor Regina Duffy, who was the beneficiary of a huge cross-community fundraising campaign, Regina’s Fight-For Life, has launched the tenth annual Greenway Cycle in aid of Rock Rose House, the Co Mayo Cancer Support Centre. It will be held on Sunday, August 4 next.
Speaking at the launch, Regina Duffy, who recently completed her life-saving treatment in a New York hospital, said: “Support services, as well as the support of families, are very important for people going through cancer treatment. I really hope people will support both the cycle and the organisation.”
Ms Duffy is still going through the recovery stage of the gruelling treatment she underwent earlier this year in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York.
The charity cycle is organised each year by Louisburgh native John Tiernan. He says that the support at Rock Rose House provides a place where ‘a light of hope can be given to people in a very dark place in their lives who are affected by a cancer diagnosis’.
Based in Castlebar, Rock Rose House also provides outreach services in Ballina and Achill. Its broad range of free services include a drop-in centre for information, advice and listening; telephone support; professional counselling; therapies such as massage, reflexology and bio-energy, stress management; various courses in yoga, therapeutic writing, and mindfulness.   
Speaking at the launch, Trisha Greavy, General Manager said: “The delivery of the services wouldn’t be possible without the goodwill and generosity of the public through donations, organising and supporting our fundraising events, which 90 percent of our funding relies on. All money raised in Mayo goes directly to the local cancer support centres in Mayo and we would like to sincerely thank everyone who supports our organisation so that we are able to continue to deliver the provision of services to people in Mayo affected by Cancer and their families”.
Last year 1,994 people affected by cancer and their families throughout Mayo accessed the services  provided by Mayo Cancer Support.
Registration for the cycle is €20. It takes place on Sunday, August 4, with cyclists advised to gather at 9am at Westport Leisure Centre by 9am, with departure at 10am to Tiernaur where refreshments will be served at Nevin’s Newfield Inn before cyclists return to Westport. Helmets are compulsory. Sponsorship cards are also available.

MORE Contact John Tiernan at 087 2246147 or Mayo Cancer Support at 094 9038407.