CONNECT – Linking Business to the Cork ARC Cancer Support House

Plans are well underway for the 2nd Connect Event, which will take place on 31st March in aid of Cork ARC Cancer Support House. The event will be a business speed networking event, hosted by the River Lee Hotel on the Western Road and close to the Cork ARC Cancer Support House.

‘Connect – Linking Business & Charity’ is a unique initiative that was launched in the autumn of 2010. It provides a platform for interaction and communication between commercial interests and fundraising organisations, helping charities create a strong awareness of their cause, while businesses can support the charities and get something in return through effective business networking.

“We are delighted to be able to support such a worthy cause,” noted Gwenda Hughes, spokesperson for Connect. “Our team were delighted with the positive response to our first event last November. We have now decided to develop the concept further and include a much broader insight of the great work that our nominated charity, Cork ARC, provides for the City and County. On this occasion, should they wish, businesses attending the speed networking event will also have the opportunity to visit the Cork ARC Cancer Support House at the end of the proceedings.”

Cork ARC Cancer Support House provides emotional and practical support to people with cancer and their families.  With one in three people diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime, almost every family will be touched by the disease at some time.  Cork ARC has been designed as a safe and tranquil place in which people can talk in confidence or avail of a range of therapies designed to make a difference in their lives.  Counselling, therapeutic massage, reflexology, stress management, art therapy, yoga and tai chi are a sample of the options open to visitors.  All services are provided free of charge to patients and relatives and are supported solely through fundraising.

Other key team players of the upcoming Connect event include Margot Mulcahy, of MDMpr, Allan Cuthbert, of Financial Wellbeing and well known Cork photographer, Diane Cusack. “Registration for the speed networking is open to all businesses in Cork and there is no pre-requisite for membership,” noted Margot. “The evening activities will commence at 5.45 with open networking followed by a presentation from Cork ARC. Similar to our first event, five business cards will be drawn from the registration table, giving winners the opportunity for a one minute elevator pitch. The speed sessions will then take place for 40 minutes.  Finally, after following up on business leads, anyone who would like a tour of the Cork ARC Cancer Support House will be taken on a short walk to view the facilities.”

Cork ARC Cancer Support House
Connect - supporting Cork ARC Cancer Support

Karen Colgan, Director of Development with Cork ARC, thanked ‘Connect’ for their interest and support, saying “Raising awareness of our services and reaching out to families affected by cancer is always our key priority.  We are dependent on the goodwill and generosity of the people of Cork who have always been so supportive.  This is a great opportunity to open the doors of ARC to the business community, introducing them to our services and giving insight into how we are helping people with cancer in our community.”

“The aim of Connect is to unite business and charity in a meaningful way,” noted Allan Cuthbert. “Connect works both online and offline and you can join the group on LinkedIn , follow our Blog or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.” Allan went on the note, “We would also like to specially thank, PJ Coogan, the well known Cork presenter and journalist, for all his help and support, and the River Lee Hotel, who are very generously hosting this event on the 31st March.”

Register now for the event by email to:

Please include your name, business and full contact details. Registration will be managed on a FCFS basis.The fee for participation, which will be your donation to Cork ARC Cancer Support House, is just €20

Further details can be obtained from Margot Mulcahy, MDMpr or email tel. 021 4812382/ 086 8045468

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