Going for Gold for Childhood Cancer Ireland

By Louise Whelan      Photos: Ian Davis

The Marker Hotel was the host of the Gold Gala Ball fundraising event in November, organised by Ballsbridge Lions Club and in aid of Childhood Cancer Ireland.  The evening was awash with glitz and glamour as attendees enjoyed a reception of drinks with entertainment by the talented singing voice of Angel Brennan, then onto a lavish dinner, followed by a charity auction and raffle and finally dancing the night away with fantastic live music.

Ballsbridge Lions Club is a part of Lions International which is the largest service organisation in the world with more than 1.4 million members in 210 countries.  Lions are men and women who volunteer their time to humanitarian causes in their local communities.  The Lions motto is “WE SERVE”.  The word Lions stands for Liberty, Intelligence and Our Nations Safety.  Membership in Lions Club is by invitation only and they meet up every month on a Thursday evening.

Childhood Cancer Ireland is a charity founded by and led by parents of children with cancer.  Their mission is to achieve health justice for all children and campaign for better supports, better treatments and outcomes for children and young people.  Hundreds of these families affected by childhood cancer around the country will be helped by this fundraising event.  An average of seven children, adolescents and young adults (aged 0-24) are diagnosed with cancer each week in Ireland.

Lions international have prioritised childhood cancer as one of their five global causes for many years, in recognition of the significant challenge this disease continues to present to children and families worldwide.

For more information, or if you would like to donate, just go to ballsbridgelions.ie