Spar and Eurospar join forces with National Breast Cancer Research Institute

The aim of joining forces with the NBCRI in a two-year partnership is to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research and treatment across Ireland



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25 March 2024

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A new nationwide awareness and fundraising campaign has been launched with the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI) announcing a charity partnership with Spar and Eurospar to help widen access to treatment, improve outcomes and conduct ground-breaking research into breast cancer.

Spar and Eurospar have made an initial donation of €100,000 to launch the two-year partnership and campaign. Working in partnership with over 470 independent retailers, the Spar and Eurospar brands are owned and operated by BWG Foods.  

This is the first time that both retail brands have come together in support of one joint charity partnership and will raise much needed funds through in-store collections, contributions from the sale of select Spar own brand products and other fundraising efforts through its countrywide network of stores and community initiatives. The NBCRI will also be able to avail of the retail network as a powerful platform to raise public awareness across Ireland.

Colin Donnelly, sales director, Spar, said: “We’re especially proud as this was a decision that was made by our retailers around the country who came together to identify this charity in support of a cause that can positively impact every community in the country.” 

Professor Michael Kerin, research director, NBCRI, said: “There are undoubted urban versus rural disparities in cancer care and outcomes based on where you live. What we’re desperately trying to do is ensure that we create a fit for purpose research environment, so more people can get access to clinical trials, the most modern therapies, along with the very best clinicians.

“In order to do that, we need to have a developed hospital infrastructure and community care system. Developing that along with spreading the message in more communities across the country is key to making a positive impact. Spar and Eurospar are ingrained in communities in every county across Ireland, so the support of its network of retailers and customers will make a real difference.”

Peter Dwan, sales director, Eurospar, said: “The National Breast Cancer Research Institute stood out to our retailers because the charity is focused on a cause that impacts the lives of so many women in Ireland and we know that our customers and community partners will get behind this collective effort to enhance diagnosis and treatment options and play our part in improving the outcomes for those who develop breast cancer in the future.”

For more information on The National Breast Cancer Research Institute or to make a donation, please visit here

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