People attending the National Breast Cancer Research Institute’s annual St Valentine’s Ball this weekend at The Ardilaun have a chance of winning a diamond pendant and matching earrings.
The stunning jewellery, valued at €3,500, was donated by Aine Burke of Cara Diamonds at Briarhill Shopping Centre. Cara Diamonds is a branch of the internationally known Dubai Cara Jewellery.
The brilliant cut diamonds in both the pendant and earrings have been elegantly designed and mounted in an invisible claw setting giving the impression of one single gem incorporating quality diamonds with excellent colour, clarity and cut.
Proprietor Aine Burke says she has tremendous respect for the National Breast Cancer Research Institute and its valuable work in the battle against breast cancer.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to support their charity event and I wish the organisers every success.”
The gala evening, which marks the beginning of Galway’s social calendar, is one of the charity’s major fundraising events. The money raised supports the breast cancer research carried out by Professor Michael Kerin and his team at NUI Galway.
Tickets cost €150 and can be bought directly from the NBCRI. Telephone (091 ) 524390 or email [email protected] Special accommodation packages are also available from The Ardilaun. Telephone (091 ) 519773 for further information.
The National Breast Cancer Research Institute is a leader in breast cancer research. The charity combines ethical research into the biology of breast cancer with raising awareness of the disease.
The institute is continuously fundraising to help improve breast cancer services for women with the aim of fast-forwarding breast screening throughout Ireland. Its current research focuses on detecting and isolating biological markers which can indicate the presence of breast cancer and determine the prognosis of a patient.
The NBCRI says while there are many organisations nationwide fundraising for breast cancer awareness the Galway based organisation’s role is unique. Its research can help to ascertain the causes and factors that influence breast cancer and therefore help to develop effective screening, treatments and medication to combat it, it says.
Irish women have a one in 12 chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. The risk of developing the condition increases with age. About 80 per cent of breast cancers occur in women over 50 years. Some 74 per cent of Irish women with breast cancer discovered the lump themselves. Around 14 men develop breast cancer in Ireland each year. Early diagnosis is a key to surviving the illness. More than 2,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in Ireland each year.