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Launch of “Ellen’s Charity Ball”

Last week saw the launch of “Ellen’s Charity Ball”,  a glittering gala ball set to take place in the Canal Court this November to raise funds for future treatment in the US for little  Bessbrook girl, Ellen Treanor, who is fighting stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma.

The three year old’s family have launched a massive fundraising drive with Solving Kids’ Cancer to give the happy-go-lucky toddler the best chance of living cancer free. 

Announcing the launch of the charity ball, Chairman of Newry, Mourne and District Council, Mark Murnin, said he was delighted to be associated with the event.  

“As First Citizen I am constantly humbled by the amazing community spirit shown throughout the great district of Newry, Mourne and Down,” he said. 

“Ellen’s fight against neuroblastoma has been ongoing since her diagnosis in January this year.  The hope that clinical trials in the US may be able to help her, has led to a massive fund raising campaign and incredible generosity from our community and beyond.

“Ellen and her family have endured so much since her devastating diagnosis and their strength and resilience is truly inspiring.  It is wonderful to see our community supporting the family in their battle for Ellen.”

The Council Chairperson paid particular thanks to the Ellen’s Journey Committee for their many fundraising activities to date – including a recent sponsored walk in Bessbrook and a street collection in Newry which together raised £26,000.

“The cost of Ellen’s care and treatment in the US will of course cost substantially in excess of monies raised to date and the Charity Ball is a vital fundraiser,” added Mr Murnin, urging those who have not yet bought tickets to make their purchases as soon as possible, with just 10 tables still available!

“Let’s all dig deep and help this precious little girl and her family avail of a unique opportunity to access treatment that may be vital to her return to good health,” said the Council Chairperson.

“All societies are judged by the way they support their most vulnerable and Newry, Mourne and Down District can be proud of the help given to Ellen and the Treanor’s to date.  We assure them to our continued support going forward and wish Ellen a return to good health.”

Event organiser Sharyn Sloan promises “an amazing night of music and entertainment.”

“Downtown Radio’s Kevin McAlister will be the compére of the evening and The Nooks never fail to get everyone dancing!” explains Sharyn Sloan, event organiser. 

“We expect a really good turnout of local support from both local businesses and members of our community. We have already been blown away by the level of interest out there; people are seeing it as a great opportunity to come together, have a brilliant night and ultimately give hope to this mighty wee girl and her family.”

Tickets are on sale now priced at £50 each or £500 for a table of 10. For ticket sales or to donate please contact:

Sharyn Sloan: 07833252520

Billy Feehan: 07595343066