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Rose in Bloom for Mother’s Day
Feb 25, 2013

CountryLife Garden Centres Launch Mother’s Day Gift for Breast Cancer

 Former Rose of Tralee and expectant mother Orla O’Shea has launched a special gift initiative by CountryLife to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society’s Action Breast Cancer programme this Mother’s Day.

Former Rose of Tralee - Orla O'Shea with Teresa Walsh, CountryLife, Castlecomer

 CountryLife garden centres will sell a special floral gift for Mother’s Day with all proceeds from the sale going to the Irish Cancer Society. The Mother’s Day Spring Blooms Bowl – a collection of seasonal bedding plants of Primroses, Narcissus 'Tête-à-tête' and Pansies arranged in a pink Roma Planter bowl – will go on sale in stores this week as well as online at www.countrylife.ie.  All of the flowers are grown in Ireland by Bord Bia award-winning grower Spring Nurseries, Co. Cork. 

 Orla, a primary school teacher and 2004 winner of the Rose of Tralee, is mother to two-year-old Con and expecting her second child in just two weeks time. Breast cancer is an issue close to Orla. In 2001, at just 17, she lost her own mother to the disease. According to the Irish Cancer Society breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in Ireland after non melanoma skin cancer and affects over 2,500 women every year, making it the most common invasive cancer in women.
 Orla O’Shea today launched a special gift initiative by CountryLife Garden Centres to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society’s Action Breast Cancer programme this Mother’s Day

Speaking at the launch, Orla O’Shea said, “Having lost my own mother to breast cancer at a young age, this initiative by CountryLife garden centres is one I’m delighted to support as it raises money for and maintains an awareness of breast cancer at a time of year when we cherish and celebrate mothers and women”.

“This Mother’s Day, thousands of Irish people will go out and buy gifts for their wives and mothers. In doing our bit for breast cancer fundraising, we’re delighted to donate from the sale of our Mother’s Day Bloom Bowl to the Irish Cancer Society’s Action Breast Cancer programme and would ask people to support us when purchasing their Mother’s Day gift this year”, commented James Byrne, Retail Marketing Manager, Glanbia Agri Business.

 The Mother’s Day Bloom Bowl costs €9.99 and is available from this week in CountryLife garden centres. For information and store locations, visit:  www.countrylife.ie or www.facebook.com/countrylifegardening

 For information on breast cancer or breast health, contact the Irish Cancer Society’s National Cancer Helpline on Freefone 1800 200 700 or visit www.cancer.ie