Breast Cancer Ireland calls on people all over the world to ‘Turn the Globe Pink’ this October

By Lynda Keogh

October 6, 2021 at 12:26pm



Set yourself a new challenge this October, raising money for a very worthy cause at the same time!

October is a great time of year to get back out and get active before the evenings start to get a little darker. After a glorious summer, why not stay active and set yourself a new challenge this autumn? And best of all, you can raise money for a very worthy cause at the same time.

The Great Pink Run with Glanbia is back this year, supported by the Joe Duffy Group! Taking place over the course of a weekend on October 16 and October 17, this event will unite people all over the world virtually; challenging participants to walk, jog or run a distance of their choosing in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland. Last year's event raised almost €1 million to support the vital and continued research for breast cancer in Ireland.

Along with raising vital funds for Breast Cancer Ireland, the goal of this year's Great Pink Run is to 'turn the globe pink' for the weekend. As a worldwide community, participants are being encouraged to achieve a total distance of 40,700km - the circumference of the globe! Whether you'll be walking a kilometre with your Mum, or running a 10k with your housemates - every kilometre will help achieve this collective goal. 

So, how does it work?

  • You can register for the event here
  • Walk, jog or run a distance of your choosing on the weekend of October 16 and October 17
  • Track and log the distance you complete and raise funds for Breast Cancer Ireland

It really is that simple to get involved, and there's no better reason to get active over the coming weeks. All funds raised will go towards funding vital and life-saving research and nationwide awareness programmes by Breast Cancer Ireland.

Pictured: Ann Eble (C) with fellow Great Pink Run Ambassadors Fiona Lambert (L) & Claire Butler Jones (R)

Dubliner Ann Eble, remembers finding a lump in her breast in early 2003: "...I’m quite big in the boobs, and I remember turning in the bed one night and feeling a lump. The next morning it just went out of my head! Then I was putting on false tan in my bedroom and I noticed huge veins on my chest.” 

A positive attitude, the distraction of work, a focus on getting through and the reassurance and support of breast surgeon Professor Arnold Hill got Ann through some of the toughest moments on her breast cancer journey. Ann says the experience taught her to live in the moment, and trust the experts, saying "I am alive because of them.

Ann has been in remission for 13 years and is a proud Great Pink Run Ambassador.


The money raised with the Great Pink Run will help Breast Cancer Ireland continue their pioneering research and awareness programmes nationally, which make a huge difference when it comes to sharing stories like Ann's and spreading awareness of the symptoms of breast cancer. Remember to check your breasts regularly, and become familiar with the signs of breast cancer outlined below.

You can get involved and register for The Great Pink Run here.

This year The Great Pink Run virtual event takes place across local communities and across the world on the 16th and 17th October, raising funds to support Breast Cancer Ireland’s pioneering research and awareness programmes nationally. 

Registrations for the national event are open on Follow ongoing event updates on Instagram @GreatPinkRun and @BreastCancerIre or on Twitter using the hashtags #GPR2021 or #greatpinkrun

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