Stress-free event flies a kite for cancer research

Forget the 10km runs, the triathlons, the Ironman challenges — Corkwoman Joanie Hanley has hit on a less stressful way of raising of few bob that’s also fun for all the family.

A keen kite-flyer, Joanie came up with the idea of a charity kitefest to help raise money for cancer research, a cause close to her own heart.

Currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer, the mother of five from Fermoy, Co Cork, is organising the Come Fly with Me novelty event, which takes place at Millstreet Country Park on Sept 22.

“When I need a boost, I go out into the fresh air, fly my kite, look up, and feel a sense of hope for the future,” she says. “I want to share that feeling with others, and in doing so help to raise money for a charity that is dedicated to saving lives, and close to my own heart, Breakthrough Cancer Research.”

Kite fans, kite flyers, and families alike are invited to the park in Co Cork, where kite-flying demos, a kite-making workshop, pipe bands, a bouncy castle, face-painting, and a colouring competition will ensure plenty of entertainment for all the family.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own kites on the day.

Millstreet Country Park will be donating all proceeds from their €20 per car entrance fee to Breakthrough Cancer Research.

Scientists from the Cork Cancer Research Centre will also be at KiteFest to give parents a nutritional talk.

* The event will run from 1pm-5pm. For more details call 1890 998 998 or see or

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