Clonakilty based T.D. and Minister for Mental Health and Older People in the Department of Health, Jim Daly recently visited Cork ARC Cancer Support House’s centre near Bantry.
Minister Daly was given a tour of the house and the facilities available by Catriona O’Mahony, Community Cancer Support Co-ordinator. Bernard Uniacke, Trustee of Cork ARC Cancer Support House outlined the history of Cork ARC and informed the Minister of Cork ARC’s most recent growth, and the future plans for the development of services in the communities of Cork City, West Cork and South Kerry, and East Cork and West Waterford.
A member of Dáil Éireann since 2011 for the Cork South West constituency and a Minister since June 2017, Minister Daly is keenly aware of the value of having cancer support services located and supported by the community in West Cork. He was fortunate to be diagnosed early and treated successfully for cancer in 2013.
Speaking to staff and volunteers at the house, Minister Daly stated: “I would like to congratulate Cork ARC on serving the Cork community since 2003 in Cork City and I particularly welcome the extension of their services into my constituency of Cork South West in 2015.
It is great to hear that the service has increased since opening so that visitors now have a choice of attending on two days each week. I welcome and fully support the news of their new programmes this Autumn.
I am acutely aware of the impact of a cancer diagnosis on the patient and indeed the wider family too, particularly in a rural community where you can feel very isolated and alone.
It is vital for families in the area that they can come to receive professional and compassionate support at this time of extreme vulnerability for them, at a location where they know that other people are getting confidential, credible advice and help.
It is a wonderful collaboration between staff and volunteers, generously supported by so many in the wider community. It shows that a professional organisation like Cork ARC supported by its volunteers and the community can provide exceptional support for its members at a time when they need it most.”
Speaking on Behalf of Cork ARC, Bernard Uniacke Treasurer and voluntary member of the Board of Trustees welcomed Minister Daly and stated; “It is because of the commitment and generosity of our volunteers and the people who give so willingly of their time and expertise that makes this service happen free of charge to those who need it"