The Irish Cancer Prevention Network is teaming with parkrun to mark World Cancer Day with a unique project this Saturday.
Today (Tuesday) is World Cancer Day and the HSE is inviting people to team up and run or walk in their local parkrun on Saturday 8th February to highlight the positive impact exercise has on reducing cancer and improving the health and wellbeing of those living with and beyond cancer.
parkrun organises free weekly runs around the country and are open to everyone. Find your local parkrun at www.parkrun.ie
There are 5 parkruns in Donegal – Buncrana, Dungloe, Falcarragh, Letterkenny and narin Beach. There is one in Sligo, one in Castleblayney, Monaghan, and two in Cavan in Bailieborough and Cootehill.
Dr Triona McCarthy, HSE National Cancer Control Programme said: “Each year approximately 35,000 people in Ireland develop cancer. Cancer is the leading cause of death in Ireland with over 9,000 people dying each year. This means we must identify opportunities to reduce the risk of the disease and support those affected by cancer.
“Partnering with parkrun on this initiative is a great opportunity to spread the message that physical activity can reduce your risk of cancer and improve quality of life for people living with and beyond cancer. We are hoping that as many people as possible will join us in taking part with a friend or family member this Saturday 8th February.”