Head of Fundraising / Corporate Affairs
My role as Head of Fundraising/Corporate Affairs is to lead the fundraising activities of Cork ARC Cancer Support House. It's a job I get great satisfaction out of ensuring there are sufficient funds available to sustain and develop our cancer support services. Co-ordinating events and meeting different people is the best part.
Everyday is different and it is inspiring to work with our fundraising volunteers who work tirelessly to make it all happen. I was one of our first group of volunteers listeners in our drop in centre when we opened our doors in 2003 and I also spent time volunteering as a Counsellor before joining the Fundraising Department in 2007. This really helped me to understand at a deeper level the impact cancer has on peoples lives and the importance of our services. Everyday in fundraising I meet people who want to give of their time, expertise or financial support to help us, their generosity and goodwill fuels my energy and enthusiasm for my work.
Before joining Cork ARC, I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy and also hold a professional Sports Massage Qualification and I spent many years working in the complementary healthcare area. I know my belief in our services is why I love making sure it can all happen through our many fundraising activities.
Marketing & Communications Manager
At Cork ARC Cancer Support House my role is to raise the profile of the centre and support the Head of Fundraising & Corporate Affairs, Hilary Sullivan, in raising the funding needed to ensure Cork ARC can continue to provide its cancer support services, free of charge.
My passion for the work of Cork ARC has grown since I joined the centre in 2012. My background in the Arts and Not-for-Profit sectors gave me a wide skill-set which has really benefitted my role in Cork ARC - where I work with a wide range of partners and supporters on projects and fundraisers the length and breadth of the county and beyond. Having previously gained experience working in Community Radio and cultural development, I am really proud of having come to work in cancer support services at Cork ARC and can safely say that my time at Cork ARC has cemented my passion for working in a community orientated, non-profit organisation with a core voluntary ethos.
Cork ARC is at once a tranquil yet bustling place, where our visitors, our volunteers and core team of staff work in unison to support those affected by cancer. Every event we attend or run feels special, and we feel a great sense of support and goodwill from the people of Cork. It is a joy and a privilege to come to Cork ARC every day and know that I am just one piece of the big jigsaw that supports so many people whose lives have been affected by cancer.