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Anonymous donor leaves €2.5m to the Irish Cancer Society

The money was given in 2011 on the condition that the donor was to remain anonymous.

Isobel and Millie Ahearn and Orlaith Power help celebrate Daffodil Day in March for the Irish Cancer Society.
Isobel and Millie Ahearn and Orlaith Power help celebrate Daffodil Day in March for the Irish Cancer Society.
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

THE IRISH CANCER Society may have thought all its Christmases came at once when they received their highest ever donation of €2.5 million.

The money was given in 2011 on the condition that the donor was to remain anonymous.

Grainne O’Rourke of the Irish Cancer Society told TheJournal.ie that they were unsure if the donor had any connection with the society.

From the donation, €1 million was given to the State to support the roll-out of bowel screening. The balance was then used to significantly increase their spend on research in 2011, which totalled €3.4 million.

Even in a recession the cancer charity have received over 100 bequests to date. The majority of which were under €10,000 but five individual bequests were between €100,000 and €200,000.

Registrations for their Movember campaign were up 15 per cent on last year, and although money is still coming in, they expect to match last year’s figure of €1.7 million.

Their income in 2011 was up by around 7 per cent on the previous year.

Read: Kerry farmer raises over €20,000 for cancer research grants >

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