The only way is ‘up’ for the AECC balloon race

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The only way is ‘up’ for the AECC balloon race
The only way is ‘up’ for the AECC balloon race

THE PINK Ladies and Panthers made their own contribution to Breast Cancer Awareness Month with balloon release. 

The event was in aid of the AECC and kindly hosted by one of the charity’s biggest supporters, Zenia Boulevard, and it was impossible to put an exact number on the amount of people that turned out for the fourth of five balloon races, such was the incredible turnout.  An incredible €3,353.78 was raised on the day by Maria and all her team who were there at 10am on the Sunday morning when the Boulevard opened to set up everything.

The full day of entertainment began at midday and carried on through to 6.30pm when the balloons were released accompanied by a rendition of ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ sung by Stevie Spit, Kylie Burgazzi, Verity Jo Hall and Maria O’Hara.  For many people, the release of the balloons is charged with emotion and is the culmination of a great day with the stage area and the upstairs galleries were full to brimming.

Each and every entertainer happily gives up their time for free to perform, which is something the AECC is always extremely grateful for.  Big thanks go to: Cindy Fitzpatrick, Nikki G, Lady Jazz, Stuart Sinclair, Melissa Fanning, Chloe Leigh, Verity Jo Hall, Roxy Housewine, Rod Stewart (David John Williams), Molly Poole, Danzalusion, Paul Christie, Keith Dee, Rebecca Holt, Totally Dance School, Maria O’Hara, Kylie and Stevie.  The team were supported by Simon Morton and Sunshine FM.

The money raised on the day comes from people buying a helium-filled balloon and attaching at card to it with a message to a loved one who may have lost their battle with cancer.  The message that is found the furthest away will receive a prize of €100, and the lucky person that finds it and sends in the message gets €20.

The final words go to Maria who would like to thank everyone involved from the artists to all her volunteers and every person that has made a donation, no matter how small.

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