Padraig is a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics and a patron of Irish charity Oesophageal Cancer Fund (OCF). He actively promotes Lollipop Day, the designated day for oesophageal cancer fundraising in Ireland. Padraig raises funds through various events and activities through The Padraig Harrington Charitable Foundation and is also a Make-A-Wish Ambassador.
I myself have had the experience of losing someone to Oesophageal Cancer and so I understand the need to raise awareness of the symptoms of this disease, which range from difficulty in swallowing to unexpected weight loss.
The work the Oesophageal Cancer Fund (OCF) do is vital in raising awareness of this little known cancer. Together oesophageal and stomach cancer are the second most common causes of cancer death after lung cancer, and yet few people know about it.
Early diagnosis is the key to prevention and that is the message the OCF wants to promote in order to raise awareness and ultimately save lives. The work the OCF are doing through raising funds on Lollipop Day and other initiatives, thanks to tireless support from volunteers, is going straight into researching this particularly aggressive cancer, a cause I fully support.
The main fundraising event for the Oesophageal Cancer Fund is Lollipop Day. This is an annual event that takes place at the end of February each year when thousands of volunteers sell lollipops around Ireland in an effort to raise awareness of Oesophageal cancer.
Find out more at www.lollipopday.ie