A group formed for Relay For Life Donegal 2017 has smashed its own fund-raising target after only one event!
Prancers Against Cancer raised a mighty €2,010 at a recent coffee morning in McGowan’s Bar in Redcastle, Inishowen.
Set up by Agnes Doherty from Buncrana, Prancers Against Cancer, has organised several more events throughout Inishowen, prior to Relay for Life.
Speaking to the Inish Times, Ms Doherty said: “Relay for Life Donegal 2017 is taking place in Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LyIT) on May 27 and 28. It is an annual event to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society (ICS).
“I was inspired to start Prancers Against Cancer by my mother, Rosemary, who is currently battling cancer for the second time in four years. Mum is from Redcastle and it was her brothers, Johnny, Joe and Laurence Farren, who organised the coffee morning in McGowan’s.
“We were aiming to raise a total of €1,500 with all of our events but we were absolutely blown away by the success of our first fund-raiser. I hope we can repeat it at our second Coffee Morning, which is taking place in O’Flaherty’s Bar in Buncrana, on May 5.
“That same evening, Prancers against Cancer is holding a head shave and dance in Maggie’s Tavern in St Johnston. The music is being provided by popular country singer, David James but there should be plenty of fun before that, with volunteers being sponsored to have their heads shaved,” laughed Ms Doherty.
Prancers Against Cancer is returning to McGowan’s Bar for a wax night on May 6.
Explaining a wax night, Agnes Doherty said: “A group of men get themselves sponsored to get waxed and then, on the night, people bid, if they want to wax a particular fella. The highest bidder wins and gets to pull the wax strip of their chosen victim. My Uncle Johnny came up with the idea and all of mum’s brothers are going to take part.
“Johnny and I cannot thank the businesses in Buncrana and the surrounding area and in Redcastle enough for sponsoring prizes for the different Prancers Against Cancer events.
“Even Crana College, where my sister, Donna Marie and brother, Francis are students, is helping Prancers Against Cancer with our fund-raising.
“In fact, my cousin, Nicole Farren’s school, Moville Community College, is also supporting us. Donna Marie and Nicole are currently being sponsored to have their hairs cut for the Little Princess Trust. This is a charity which provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to girls and boys across Ireland that have lost their own
hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses,” said Agnes.
Another Prancers Against Cancer date for the diary is a Ladies Night, in The Halfway House in Tooban, Inishowen, tomorrow. This event is strictly for the over 18’s!

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