UCC students cycle 600km for cancer charities

Roisin Maguire

Two students from University College Cork are cycling 600km to fundraise money as part of UCC’c cancer society.

Killian Burke and Kevin Harte are final year students who are cycling from Mizin Head in Cork to Malin Head in Donegal.

The two are members of UCC’s Cancer Society Committee and each month they focus on a different cancer. February is for childhood cancer and 75 per cent of all donations will go to LauraLynn Children’s Hospice and 25% of all proceeds will go to the Childhood Cancer Foundation.

The society raises money for many charities around the country that help those impacted by cancer and they also hold events to raise awareness of different types of cancer.

The two charities were chosen because of the work they do for children with cancer across Ireland and for the help and support provided to families.

Both Killian and Kevin are raising money through spinathons they did last week and they also have a GoFundMe page that people can donate through.

Every year, over 200 children a year are diagnosed with cancer.

Speaking to The College View, Killian said “The opportunity to help others by spreading awareness on cancer and through fundraising for amazing cancer charities across the country were central in my decision to join UCC Cancer Society”.

Kevin mentioned that “as everyone has been affected by cancer in some way or another, the opportunity to help those affected by fundraising for fantastic cancer charities along with raising awareness on the different types of cancer within a university setting was an opportunity that I felt I could not pass up.”

He said that “being involved with such fantastic people all with the same goal in mind makes being a member of the UCC Cancer Society an extremely enjoyable and rewarding experience”.

They both mentioned that having a cancer society in university gives students a chance to give back and they would encourage other universities across the country to have one.

Speaking with the LauraLynn Children’s Hospice, they said “Their event means that we can help children who are living with a life limiting condition and support their families through this very difficult time. By supporting Kevin and Killian you will be helping parents become parents again rather than feeling like full time carers.”

If you would like to donate or find out more information about the cycle you can visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/600km4cancer

Roisin Maguire

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