Make Your Mark on Cancer is committed to securing significant funding to support and enhance the treatment, care and wellbeing of current, former and future cancer patients and their families. The non-profit fundraising group started its annual 22km charity walk from The Viaduct to Bandon in aid of the Mercy Hospital Foundation in 2012. Since its founding Make Your Mark on Cancer have raised over €300,000 for the foundation.


Not too long after the passing of Mark Prendergast who lost his battle with testicular cancer in 2012, family and friends of Mark merged together to organise a charity climb to the top of Carrauntoohill in Mark’s memory while at the same time trying to raise some much needed funds for The Mercy Hospital Foundation where Mark had been in & out receiving treatment through his 5 year battle with cancer.

A group of nearly 70 people climbed Carrauntoohill on that wet & windy day in July 2012 and together raised an astonishing €13,600 for The Mercy Hospital Foundation. It was then realised what amazing things can be achieved when people come together. In 2013 a small group came together to resurrect a very popular charity walk from the Viaduct to Bandon under the new name “Make Your Mark on Cancer Charity Walk”.  It soon came to light that this was now an opportunity for people to make a real difference and Honour the Taken, Admire the Survivors and Support the Fighters of cancer.

Our Mission is to help fund the development of The Mercy Cancer Care Centre

The Mercy Cancer Care Centre will offer a wide range of services, free of charge to anyone affected by cancer patients, families, carers and friends. From first sign of symptoms, through waiting for results, during treatment and onto the future. The psychological, emotional and practical needs of people diagnosed with cancer and their families will be paramount at the new centre. Click here for more information on The Mercy Cancer Care Centre https://www.mercyfundraising.ie/our-work/the-mercy-cancer-care-centre

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We create events aiming to raise much needed funding in aid of the Mercy Hospital Foundation

The Make Your Mark on Cancer Charity Walk

July 17, 2022 at 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Place: The Viaduct Bar to The Bandon Town Hall
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Eoin Prendergast , Jamie Prendergast Curran , Olympic Walker Alex Wright, Nadine Prendergast  Curran , Fiona Curran and comedian Alan Shortt
Pictures by Gerard McCarthy 087 8537228  
For more information contact Alison O’Brien   Fuzion Communications   +353 21 4271234   +353 86 3879388


Our small committee work hard on organising a safe and fun Charity Walk.  We value your participation and involvement. We will offer you every help and assistance along your journey with us. We would like to take this opportunity to thank family and friends who have helped us.  The staff of the Mercy Hospital Foundation, The Gardai in particular Damien White, Trevor Collins, The Management and Staff of the Viaduct Inn, The Management and Staff of the Town Hall Bandon, The Red Cross, The Civil Defence, The Bandon Vintage Club and The Crossbarry Motorcycle Club. Finally we would like to thank our major sponsors, without you none of this would be possible.

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SINCE ITS FOUNDING MAKE YOUR MARK ON CANCER HAVE RAISED OVER €159,000 FOR THE FOUNDATION. if you would like to get involved drop us a line

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  • 44 Richmount Court, Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland.
  • 086 454 2132
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