Whiteabbey Action Cancer Group celebrated its fortieth anniversary on March 24 after raising £250,000 for Action Cancer since its creation.
The group, which is the oldest in Northern Ireland, was initially established in 1975 when the families of two cancer patients met Action Cancer founder Dr Edelstyn during the course of their treatment.
These two families and their friends from the Whiteabbey area established a Committee and held their first Group meeting on March 24 1975.
The first event was a Fete held at Macedon Park, now known as Hazelbank Park, in Newtownabbey.
Since then the group has raised over £250,000 for Action Cancer through events such as collections, carol singing, fashion shows and craft fairs.
Chairperson of Whiteabbey Action Cancer Group Lawrence Fisher commented: “I’d like to acknowledge the incredible commitment and dedication of all the members of the Group and supporters over the last 40 years.”
The Action Cancer Group is made up of local people who volunteer to organise events and collections, and to raise the profile of the charity and its services.
All funds raised by Action Cancer stay within Northern Ireland.
The charity relies on donations from organisations and the public to generate £3.5million to provide life-saving services.
These include breast screening services for women aged 40-49 and 70 plus, MOT health checks, counselling, complementary therapy and health promotion.
For more information about making a difference with the Whiteabbey Action Cancer Group contact Marion Fisher on 028 9086 7429 or the Community Team on 028 9080 3344.
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