GRÁINNE Gallanagh has launched the Irish Cancer Society’s new Colour Dash Family 5K.

The Dancing With The Stars finalist from Donegal, who returned to work as a nurse, has backed the new venture, which is sponsored by Aldi Ireland.

The new event replaces the original 5K Colour Dash series, which has traditionally taken place during the summer months since 2013, in the interests of the health and wellbeing of both organisers and participants during Covid-19.

Instead, the Irish Cancer Society is dedicating Sunday July 5th as a day of fundraising that will see participants across the country run, jog, bike, or even scoot, five kilometres on a route of their choice in their own locality at any time on the day in order to raise much-needed funds for the charity.

Families, housemates, individuals and long-time supporters of Colour Dash are being asked to dress up in their brightest outfits and to decorate their bikes, scooters, running gear or even their four-legged friends in keeping with the vibrant nature of this much-loved event.

Frontline nurse Gráinne Gallanagh from Dancing with the Stars launches the Irish Cancer Society’s Colour Dash Family 5K supported by Aldi, which takes place on Sunday July 5th. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

There will even be spot prizes on the day for the most colourful attire! Participants nationwide are encouraged to share images of their completed 5K on social media.

Registration opens today and runs until July 5th, during which time families and individuals can sign up at

Participants are asked to make a donation of €25 per family or €15 per individual taking part in lieu of a registration fee, with the option for participants to further fundraise by gathering donations from family and friends.

Every participant will receive an information pack on how to take part, access to an online 5K time tracker, a downloadable medal for kids to colour in and wear once they have completed their 5K, and more.

Grainne Gallanagh, Dancing With The Stars, Irish Cancer Society,

All monies raised will be used to help the Irish Cancer Society meet increased demand for its free services for cancer patients and their families across the country. The Irish Cancer Society continues to provide vital services for cancer patients throughout the current pandemic.

Among the services and supports particularly in demand at this time are end-of-life Night Nursing care at home, the Volunteer Driver Service and a dedicated Freephone Support Line on 1800 200 700 for any queries or concerns on cancer.

“From being back on the frontline as a nurse, I know that this can be a worrying time for cancer patients and their loved ones,” Grainne, who returned to the frontline in April, said.

“The Colour Dash Family 5K is a really fun way for people to show their support and fundraise for a great cause, even during Covid-19. I would encourage people to get on their runners and get creative and colourful with their outfits to help make Sunday July 5th a day to remember for both the Irish Cancer Society and the thousands of families it supports each year.”