Country sensation Mike Denver has officially launched the Marie Keating Foundation’s Concert4Cancer which takes place Friday evening (August 27) on Virgin Media One. Mike will join a star line-up including Gary Barlow, Aslan, Johnny Logan, The Riptide Movement, Mick Flannery and Susan O’Neill, among others. Presented by Ronan Keating and Anna Daly of Ireland AM, the two-hour concert will feature surprising famous faces and compelling stories from Irish cancer patients to raise vital funds for cancer support services in Ireland.
Speaking at the launch, which included children in love with country music, Mike from Portumna said, âI am delighted to support such an important cause. It will be a great family show so grab the popcorn, put on the kettle and relax on the sofa and enjoy the show! It’s been a difficult year for musicians like me, so being able to perform again is fantastic!
Thanks to the generosity of the Irish people, last year’s concert raised over â¬ 500,000 overnight. This has allowed the Foundation to bring back its vital cancer support services, such as the Comfort Fund grant, and to grow its BRCA support group and positive life meetings. The hidden victim of the pandemic has been the impact on other health services. Cancer diagnostic, treatment and support services have all been interrupted or reduced at some point. While the incredible doctors, nurses and medical teams at large work hard to provide excellent care in these difficult times, patients have been extremely isolated, forced to protect themselves for long periods of time and undergo treatment, to receive results and going on appointments alone without the usual family support. and friends.
Marie Keating Foundation CEO Liz Yeates said the charity’s support services have been in high demand as a result. She said: âThe past year and a half has been extremely difficult for everyone, but especially for those who are dealing with cancer. Having to isolate yourself and stay away from family and friends, while undergoing treatment, was so difficult. Throughout the pandemic, the Marie Keating Foundation has worked hard to make sure we stay there for cancer patients and survivors, providing them with a safe space to turn to when times have been tough.
âThanks to the incredible generosity of the Irish audience at last year’s concert, we were able to move many of our important services to online delivery and re-establish services such as the Comfort Fund. But demand for our services has increased, with some of our support groups experiencing 200% membership growth during the pandemic. Our nurses have stepped up to meet this increased demand, but we need the public’s help to ensure the continuity of these vital services. Concert4Cancer takes off. We hope everyone enjoys the night and to anyone who can donate, a big thank you, it means the world to us and those we support. “
HOW TO SUPPORT FUNDRAISING
Connect, donate and help support cancer patients every step of the way. Virgin Media One, Friday, August 27, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.