The Mid-Western Cancer Foundation’s annual Butterfly Ball is considered one of the high profile events of the Mid West area social calendar. This year has been difficult from a financial point of view for everybody personally and professionally. This continues to be true for the HSE where funding and resources remain restricted. Indeed the Director General of the HSE has accepted the adverse impact on patient care.
The aim in the Mid-Western Cancer Foundation is to complement and cooperate with the HSE to assist the regional Cancer Services in areas such as purchasing of equipment, funding research, and continuing education that is necessary to support our designated national Cancer Centre. The Foundation also helps to create awareness of cancer in the Mid-West region and to the run the Support Centre.
The Foundation continues to receive considerable donations from those individuals who have been treated in our Centre and also their families and friends who have been affected by their experience. The presence of the Mid-Western Cancer Centre has enabled the majority of patients to be treated locally thus remaining at home with support from family, friends and health professionals within the region.
The last 12 months of fundraising has been difficult as experienced by all charities. Nevertheless, significant funds have been used to maintain and improve the quality of care to patients at the Cancer Centre by providing, for example;
- Recliner Chairs in Day Ward- €20,500•Software for Prostate Imaging – €20,000
- Paxman Cooler – Hair Loss prevention €12,500
- Chairs polished and upholstered – Oncology Reception and clinic €3,600
- Armchairs in Ward 4B – €7,666
- Funding for additional medical staff – €17,811
In total, over €80,000 has been raised.
Funding is also used on an ongoing basis to support the Cancer Information and Support Centre. Here, the foundation aims to complement the medical treatment by the provision of psychological and counselling support with access to services such as complimentary therapies and support groups. This is in conjunction with the Irish Cancer Society. We hope to be just as successful for the next year so that we can maintain all the services currently provided.
The number of people who are being diagnosed in this region is increasing and will continue to increase. In the current environment we need your support more than ever to help us ensure the continuing management of our patients with cancer.
Details about this year’s Butterfly Ball 2015:
This years Butterfly Ball 2015, was held on Saturday 3rd of October in the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Ennis Road, Limerick.
Tickets were €90 per person which included:
A champagne reception with the Dolmen String quartet.
- A 4 course meal,
- Complimentary professional photography from Michael Martin photography
- Gift bags from Lorraine O’Connell at No15 Le Maison De Curio
- Special entertainment – Las Vegas Casino with HIYA Events featuring Elvis Presley and DJ James Sexton,
- Raffle on the night with great spot prizes.
Tickets were available from the Mid-Western Cancer Foundation office at the Cancer Information & Support Centre or online.
Thanks go to Brian Harrington, from the Radisson Blu Hotel, for sponsoring the Butterfly Ball 2015 press launch, and the staff and the George Boutique Hotel for hosting the event.
Visit the Mid-West Cancer Foundation website, to buy tickets here
Read more about the Butterfly Ball here
Read more about Limerick charities here