Everyone at Greystones Cancer Support (GCS), would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Joanne Douglas as she departs GCS after providing a wonderful Yoga service for the past twenty years. Whether in a normal Yoga class session pre-Covid or an on-line zoom class due to Covid, Joanne has lifted the spirits of many of our clients as they reaped the benefits of Yoga and allowed them to relax during the classes in what was always a happy, comfortable environment.
It was Spring, 2001 when Kathleen Kelleher asked Joanne to teach Yoga at GCS as Kathleen was passionate in offering as many therapies and services as possible to clients of GCS. Around that time, the benefits of Yoga and other services such as Meditation and Mindfulness were becoming popular in helping recovering cancer patients.
Since then, Joanne has been an inspiration to many of our clients. She kept a close eye on everyone in her Yoga classes, made sure everyone was well settled, had a few quite encouraging words for each participant, played soothing, relaxing music, and importantly got everyone to listen to their own bodies in the moment and to mind themselves in every sense.
Joanne will be greatly missed and will be fondly remembered for all her efforts over the last twenty years. She has instilled a love of Yoga into many of our members. As she said herself, her hope was that everyone will take what they need from Yoga practice and incorporate it into their lives as they see fit and that they will keep that connection between mind, body and spirit and take every opportunity to live fully in the moment.
Joanne, it has been our pleasure in GCS to have you as our Yoga teacher for such a long time. As you move on, you will always be remembered as a fantastic person who made Yoga fun for everyone.
The best of wishes to you and your family for the future from all at GCS.
Greystones Cancer Support (GCS) Easter Fundraising Appeal raised over €5,500, a fantastic outcome for GCS! Every euro collected will assist in paying for the vital support services provided by GCS to our clients on a day-to-day basis.
Thank you again to all the local businesses from Greystones, Delgany, Kilcoole, Newtownmountkennedy and Newcastle, whose co-operation and willingness to assist, ensured the success of the fundraising appeal, in a time when Covid-19 has interfered with so much of our normal fundraising capabilities.
Some businesses went above and beyond our expectations, they know who they are, and this is very much appreciated. Thanks also to everyone from the community who contributed to the appeal.
The Easter fundraising appeal raised awareness of the work carried out by GCS in the local community and the fact that GCS is there, willing, ready, and available, to lend a listening ear and a helping hand to our clients affected by cancer in the area.
Again, the considerable work involved in arranging, preparing for, and seeing through a fund-raiser of this nature on a busy Easter weekend was very substantial. This work was in the main carried out by Victor, Niamh, and Julie from our fundraising team who with the assistance of our General Committee members, planned, prepared for, and carried out the Easter Fundraising Appeal in such a smooth and successful manner. Thank you all for such a massive effort, it is so much valued by everyone involved with GCS.
Thank you to the Juice Bar and Burrito Box who raised over €1,000 between them
Thanks You to Little Pidgeon, Delgany who raised €120
Thank You to Firhouse, Delgany who raised €400
Greystones Cancer Support is greatly appreciative of the efforts of Jordan Nevin with his recent donation to GCS.
Jordan’s Grandad, Patrick Keaveney, who served in the Irish Army, passed away from cancer in March 2020.
In memory of his Grandad, Jordan participated in Movember 2020. He shaved off his beard and set up a GoFundMe page so people could donate, and he raised a total of €367.50 which he recently presented to GCS.
The donation is very welcome in these Covid-19 times and will be put to good use by GCS. Thanks again Jordan for commemorating your Grandad is such a wonderful way and for the donation towards the important work we do on the cancer front in the local area.
What a wonderful day out and what an enthusiastic group !!
Our ladies joined 30,000 other women in Dublin.
The Mini Marathon is the largest women’s event in the world.
Patricia Penston and Nadine O’Neill won the Pat Gaffey Memorial Silver Salver.
This award is given each year to the fastest walker/s.
Niamh Fortune was awarded the Special Cup for her help in promoting the marathon.
St. David’s Transition students participated this year, thank you so much.
And we acknowledge the continuing loyalty of the Delgany Guild ICA.
We wish the Guild the very best with its Yarn Bombing project, now on display in the town.
Well done Patricia, Nadine, Niamh and all our participants.
Special thanks to all those who sponsored our ladies.
It is much appreciated !!
Photos can be seen on our Facebook page and on our website here
Entertainment last Friday morning included:
Dylan E. Crampton, who appeared last Friday on Late Late Show
Canadh Le Cheile, GCS singing group.
June Rodgers, panto queen, came along to say hello.
We had a great morning with a good crowd, plenty of atmosphere, great raffle.
Magnificent hampers from Sam McCauley Chemists Greystones and Brooke & Shoals.
Other hampers and lots of vouchers and smaller prizes.
East Coast FM Wicklow Wide Coffee Mornings highlight the work of cancer support groups.
People of Co. Wicklow are never far from a cancer support group that can help them.
Or help their family or their friends.
The staff of the Beach House were very attentive and helpful.
The chefs kept us supplied with home baked pastries.
We also had GCS home baking.
Tommy Greene from ECFM excelled himself as always.
He was the perfect DJ and kept the show on the road.
Declan Meehan and Clare Hogan kept the morning going from the studio in Bray.
A very special thank you is extended to everyone who came along.
They showed that they really cared for those in their community who need help.
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A very big thank you to East Coast FM for organizing the Wicklow Wide Coffee Mornings.
All the local cancer support groups in our county can now continue their work.
Local groups are responsive to local needs and care for the people in their community.
Paul Byrne from Greystones Guide came along.
He has the story and photos of the day.
Thank you, Paul, always there with the latest news !!