There has been much talk and enthusiasm for the upcoming BarkforArc fundraising walk which will be held in Youghal on Sunday next, August 27th commencing at 2pm from Greenpark.
Speaking with The East Cork Journal this week, Tina O'Driscoll said that behind all the publicity are stories of wonderful people who may never look for credit or praise. "There are so many who have helped in so many different ways" she said. "I have received no end of encouragement and help for organising the Walk and I must tell just some of those behind the scene stories.
Aisling Curran's first cousin, Anthony 'Pants' Egan, died of cancer in 2013 when he was only 37 years old. Aisling wants his memory to live on "because", she said, "he was loved so much by everyone". On hearing of the walk Aisling hand-made more than 40 Purple Bandanas for around the necks of the dogs on the day, and she delivered them to Tina last weekend saying "Anthony would have loved the Cancer Support House in Youghal which is a safe haven for people with cancer and their families, and where they can find information, practical help and emotional support.
Evette Victor from Knockaverry in Youghal also sewed many Bandanas and, again, donated them for the walk.
Valerie Gliffe made a special coat for the lead dog Cullen, an Irish Wolfhound, to wear as he heads the BarkforARC walk on Sunday.
Elise Finn made Rosettes in the Cork ARC colours for Pat Daly's Argintinian Pony, Benny, and one for Ger and Noreen Kenneally's dog, Cotton, to proudly wear on the day.
Ciara McGrann has been of huge help in many ways, and Tina said she could not have done it without her.
Anthony Lawton will be driving around the town and surrounding areas on Saturday evening next with a loudspeaker, to remind everyone of the Bark for ARC walk on Sunday.
The local print media and CRY were very supportive and generous with their advertising.
Keith Watkins did fantastic on all the Signs.
"There are so many more", Tina said, “all volunteers". I cannot thank everyone individually, but I am so grateful to all of them for their ongoing support, help and encouragement. Thank you so much...you all know who you are.
Hope to see you all on Sunday. No need to bring a dog. Just come along and support the event, which is of huge significance to those living with cancer in the East Cork and West Waterford areas.