NI tech companies join forces to help beat cancer

  • Some of Northern Ireland's top tech companies and other businesses will be at the first Business Beats Cancer Belfast dinner in aid of Cancer Research UK this June.

    Fundraising for cancer research takes many forms, from individual donations and fundraising efforts all the way up to whole company-wide initiatives and corporate level support. Eight Belfast businesspeople from a range of sectors have now joined forces to work together on raising funds for Cancer Research Uk via a range of fundraising activities aimed at businesses.

    The first Business Beats Cancer Belfast gala dinner in aid of Cancer Research UK will take place this June at the Titanic Hotel, and will be the first such event in Belfast. A similar event in Edinburgh raised over £70,000 for charity, and the Business Beats Cancer Belfast board hopes to have a similar impact here at home.

    The event aims to bring together tech and business leaders from across Northern Ireland and kickstart new cancer research fundraising schemes. It will include interviews with cancer survivors and leading researchers to put a human face on a topic that is so often a matter of numbers and statistics.

    Chair of the board Mark Rooney who works in Wealth Management for Barclays, said: “We’re a group of like-minded businesspeople who want to use our business connections to make a difference to those living with cancer. Several of us have experienced cancer within our own families which is unsurprising considering that one in two people will be diagnosed with this dreadful disease in their lifetime. Thanks to research, cancer survival is at an all-time high and we are committed to raising funds for the life-saving and cutting-edge science that Cancer Research UK is doing."

    The event is due tot ake place on June 14th at the Titanic Hotel, with tickets at £100 each or £950 for a reserved table of 10. For more information or to book tickets for your business, head over to

    Image: Head of Citi in Northern Ireland and board ambassador Leigh Meyer (centre) are board members Gemma Payne, Fergal Maguire, Orla McGreevy, chair of the board Mark Rooney, Gary Davidson, Julie Sherlock, Jayne Gallagher, Nicola Ledlie and Adele Harris, fundraising manager of Cancer Research UK.

    Source: Written based on press release

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