Local woman to abseil Croker in aid of Breast Cancer Services




A Roscommon Town woman will abseil from the roof of Croke Park (about 50 metres) onto the famous pitch on Saturday, October 12th in order to help raise funds for Breast Cancer Services at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.

  Twenty-six-year-old primary school teacher Syrea Duke from Antogher Road, decided that she would help out with the fundraising efforts of her aunt Dr. Deirdre Duke, who is a breast cancer consultant radiologist at the hospital. They are raising funds to build a dedicated clinic at the hospital and they are hoping to raise €1 million. A number of fundraising events have been planned including the abseil.

  “It will be a challenge to do it and I don’t really know what to expect but I wanted to do something to help with the fundraising and hopefully it will make a small contribution. The details are on the website and it is very easy to donate. I will be nervous but excited to do it,” Syrea said this week.

  Syrea has undertaken to raise funds prior to her abseil and she has a dedicated page on the ‘Just Giving’ website where further details and ways to donate can be found. 

  “Just Google ‘Just Giving’ and put in the name Syrea Duke and the page will come up with all the details. Anything we get, however small will be much appreciated,” she said.

  In the past decade, the number of patients diagnosed with breast cancer annually at Beaumont Hospital has grown from 89 to 400. Approximately 9,000 patients are seen in the breast clinics annually putting huge pressure on hospital capacity. The need for a dedicated clinic is urgent, both to alleviate the patient volumes in the main hospital and to allow the hospital shape and define a uniquely, patient-focused service for people with breast issues.

  There are several ways you can support the Breast Clinic Appeal: You can make a donation; You can take part in one of the fundraising events or you can organise your own. Whatever you can do to help the organisers reach the €1 million target will be greatly appreciated. For full details on the fundraising campaign go to  beaumontfundraising.ie.