The Irish Cancer Society’s popular Colour Dash is coming to Sligo for the first time, it was announced today.
Now in its fourth year, the fun 5K event, will welcome ‘dashers’ of all ages and fitness levels in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Sligo this summer.
The Colour Dash, sponsored by Aldi Ireland, sees participants run, jog and walk the course.
At each kilometre, a different colour of powder paint is thrown at participants as they dash their way to the finish line.
The Irish Cancer Society’s Colour Dash will take place in the following locations:
* Galway – NUIG – Sunday, June 12
* Dublin – Phoenix Park – Saturday, June 18
* Cork – The Old Railway Line – Sunday, June 26
* Sligo – Location and date to be confirmed
Registration is €30 per person, and free for under 12s accompanied by an adult.
The Colour Dash supports the Irish Cancer Society’s free cancer services for cancer patients and their families across the country, including a Volunteer Driver Service bringing cancer patients to and from their chemotherapy treatment, a palliative care Night Nursing service, a Counselling Service, the Cancer Nurseline 1800 200 700 and 13 Daffodil Centres.
John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society said: “The Irish Cancer Society’s Colour Dash offers the opportunity to inject some colour into your summer.
“With events taking place nationwide, we hope the public will join us in getting active, having some fun and raising funds for vital cancer services while doing so.
“We know that cancer has or will affect almost every family in Ireland. As an independent charity, we rely on events such as Colour Dash to help us continue our work in supporting cancer patients at every stage of their cancer journey.
“Taking part in the Colour Dash is a fun day out for all the family but it also truly makes a difference.”
The Irish Cancer Society is one of several charities to benefit from Aldi Ireland’s community support programme in 2016.
Through a combination of sponsorship, a staff ‘Bric a Brac’ collection, staff donations, Colour Dash entry fees and sales of Daffodil Day daffodils and charity cards at Aldi’s stores, Aldi and its staff have raised over €100,000 for the Irish Cancer Society so far this year.
Commenting, Aldi Ireland’s group buying director Finbar McCarthy said: "Aldi is delighted to support the 2016 Colour Dash and partner with the Irish Cancer Society as part of our community support programme.
"Our staff voted to support the Irish Cancer Society this year and they will be delighted to know their efforts have helped raise over €100,000, making a real difference to people affected by cancer.
“The whole Aldi team has shown huge enthusiasm for all our Irish Cancer Society fundraising initiatives and I am sure our colleagues across our 123 Irish stores will get behind the Colour Dash.”