Letterkenny was painted pink yesterday as over 260 runners and walkers turned out for a fundraising walk/run in aid of Cancer Care West.

The event was organised by local woman Lisa Gallagher and her friends to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Lisa, who is currently going through cancer treatment, wanted to give back to Cancer Care West for the support they have given her since her diagnosis. Lisa teamed up with Marina Boyle, Jackie McAteer and Monica Grier to set the wheels in motion.

Letterkenny Pink Run and Walk organisers Marina Boyle, Jackie McAteer, Lisa Gallagher and Monica Grier

Sunday’s run/walk was full of fun and support, starting with a warm-up led by fitness instructor Ciara McVeigh Lunn at Letterkenny Community Centre before the participants set off on their 3k or 5k journeys.

It was an afternoon of sunshine and smiles. The Breathnach family provided beautiful music, and the Glenswilly Mothers and Others Gaelic team volunteered for the day, along with many other local people who kindly donated their time to make the day a success. Several businesses also donated to a superb raffle to boost the fundraising initiative.

Lisa Gallagher with her mum Vanessa and sister Tanya

The sea of pink that swept through Letterkenny was not only a show of solidarity for those affected by breast cancer but also a great show of community support.

The event raised over €3,600, with the final amount yet to be revealed. Lisa already raised an amazing €4,700 for Cancer Care West in August when she did a head shave before beginning chemotherapy. Her sister Tanya also braved the shave a month later, bringing extra funds and awareness to the charity.

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