2017 marked the 11th year of the Denis O'Connor Walking Festival which remembers the late Denis O'Connor, former Managing Partner of KPMG.
KPMG established the Denis O’Connor Walking Festival to commemorate our late Managing Partner and raise much needed funds for a range of good causes.
Between 2007 and 2016, we helped raise over €500,000 for the South Dublin Junior Arch Club (2007), the Hospice Foundation (2008), Focus Ireland (2009), Foundation Nepal and the Motor Neuron Disease Association (2010), Jack and Jill Foundation (2011), the Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Centre in the Mater Hospital (2012), Crumlin Children’s Hospital Cardiac Unit (2013), Merchants Quay Ireland (2014), Debra Ireland (2015) and Aware (2016).
In 2017, €40,000 was raised for ARC Cancer Support, a support network for cancer patients and their families.
In Ireland, one in four deaths are caused by cancer and an average of 40,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Founded in 1994 by leading Irish oncologist Professor Des Carney, ARC’s aim is to provide complementary, holistic and psychological support during and after hospital treatment for those undergoing cancer treatment.
Located near the major centres of excellence for cancer care in Dublin - the Mater Hospital, Beaumont Hospital, St James’s Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital - clients from anywhere in the country have access to a drop-in service and professional support.
We are proud to support ARC’s support services and programmes aimed at providing psychological support, complementary therapies and counselling services. Whether someone has recently been diagnosed with cancer, are in recovery, is a parent of a child with cancer, is a family member or friend of someone with cancer, ARC welcomes everyone and cares for them during difficult times.
All services are provided free of charge at their centres in Eccles Street, Dublin 7 and South Circular Road, Dublin 8.
Hearing directly from those benefiting from ARC’s support highlights the value of the programme. “I’m back at work, going running and taking a bit more time for myself. I am just getting on with life.” says Gemma, an ARC client. The opportunity to exchange information about their cancer with professionals and with fellow patients helps to relieve stress and anxiety which are common symptoms of cancer. It can also enhance self-esteem which improves quality of life.
KPMG’s Walking Festival Committee chair, Liam Lynch comments: “We were delighted to have ARC Cancer Support as our nominated charity for our 11th year of the Denis O’Connor Walking Festival. ARC provides cancer patients and their families with professional support where and when it is needed.”