Buckets of cash (€2k) for bra chain event

By Aideen O'Flaherty

OVER €2,000 was raised for Breast Cancer Research by two Clondalkin sisters who created a colourful bra chain, using donated bras, that connected around Corkagh Park recently, reports Aideen O’Flaherty.

Ann McDonnell and Lynn Lee, who lost their mother to breast cancer in 1970 when they were both young children, carried out bucket collections in the pubs ahead of the main event and described the community as being “very generous”.

Bra Chain Corkagh Park 31082017

This year marked the fourth year that the annual bra chain has taken place, and over 300 bras were hung up in the park.

Speaking to The Echo, Ann McDonnell said that in comparison to last year’s event “there was a lot of curiosity about why we were hanging up the bras.”

Some people placed inscriptions on the bras they donated, commemorating people that they knew who had suffered from breast cancer.

When explaining how herself and her sister felt after the bra chain event, Ann said: “For myself and Lynn it’s emotional. It’s hard work, but it’s very rewarding when you stand back and look at [what we’ve achieved].”

Ann wanted to extend her thanks to the local community for their support, and said that during bucket collection in pubs ahead of the bra chain event that the people were “fantastic and very generous”.

She added that herself and her sister both realised the day before the bra chain that they had no gazebo, but that Homebase on the Fonthill Road “kindly donated” a gazebo to them at the last minute.

The sisters plan to hold the bra chain event again at the same time next year, to continue raising funds for Breast Cancer Research.

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