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We all Gained an Extra Hour... Give it Back to Cancer Research

Posted on: 25 Oct 2020

We all Gained an Extra Hour... Give it Back to Cancer Research

We all gained an extra hour... give it back to cancer research this week and help buy back time for cancer patients

~ Celebrities, influencers, cancer survivors, and devilishly fun entertainers are using the extra hour they gained from the clocks going back to host virtual fundraising events over the Halloween weekend for vital cancer research~

~ Ways to keep the whole family entertained virtually over the Halloween weekend…and all for a good cause ~

Breakthrough Cancer Research (Breakthrough) has launched a fundraising appeal encouraging everyone to use the extra hour we gained with the clocks going back to help ‘Buy Back Time’ for cancer patients who have lost months to Covid19.

The charity is asking people to donate an hour of their time to raise much needed funds to help restart cancer research programmes into new and more effective cancer treatments that were put on hold at the onset of the pandemic.

One person in Ireland still dies every hour from cancer, a figure which Breakthrough says will tragically increase as cancer screenings, treatments, and research have all lost months to Covid.  This could be months too late for someone and cost them years of their life.

To get involved in the Buy Back Time appeal, you can simply donate the value of an hour or your time on, or stretch that hour even further by hosting a virtual fundraising event or by joining one of Breakthrough’s events.  You can also text BCR to 50300 - texts cost €4*.

A host of celebrities, influencers, cancer survivors, and devilishly fun entertainers have already committed to a series of online events over the Buy Back Time Halloween weekend to help raise awareness and funds. The spooktacular schedule of events, which range from family activities to comedy gigs, book readings, style advice, inspirational talks,  and a Halloween inspired fun run that will keep young and old alike entertained virtually this Halloween break, while we’re all in lockdown… and it’s all for a good cause.

Buy Back Time Events:
*All events are free to attend online but donations are appreciated.

  • All week:  The Fright Time Run:  The crazy crew at The Nightmare Realm are challenging the nation to #Run4Donate4Tag4 over the Halloween midterm break:  Run, walk or crawl 4k in costume (or with your best scary face) within your 5k limit, donate €4* to Breakthrough Cancer Research (text BCR to 50300), post your scare pic and a screenshot of your donation using the hashtags #BuyBackTime and #Run4Donate4Tag4, and tag 4 friends to take on the challenge! The best post will win a Molly Mahem bobble head in a coffin! 
  • Friday 30 October, 8pm: ‘The Witching Hour’ conversation and reading with author and comedian Colm O’Regan and Aoife Barry, assistant news editor of
  • Saturday 31st Oct, 5pm: Tweens’ Halloween book reading with cancer survivor and author Nicola Pierce for 9 to 12 year olds, followed by a Q&A (approx. 20 mins)
  • Saturday 31st Oct, 6pm:  Comedy quiz and singalong with comedian Edwin Sammon from Bridget & Eamon and Republic of Telly with some interesting guest appearances. 
  • Saturday 31st Oct, 7:15pm:  Resilience and Women in Sport: Irish Times sports writer Joanne O’Riordan (No Limbs, No Limits) in conversation with double World and European Rowing Champion, Sanita Puspure. Sanita lost her sister to cancer before going on to retain her World Championship title in 2019 where she qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics which have been postponed to 2021 due to the impact of Covid19.
  • Saturday 31st Oct, 8pm: Lumo Club is back to soundtrack your Halloween home festivities with dancey beats and fancy dress from Gavin Elsted, Nialler9 and Simon Roche live from their respective crypts.
  • Sunday 1st Nov, 7.30pm: Style event with Irish stylist Laura Jordan from


These events and others can be booked on or Eventbrite.

A number of companies have also committed to help Buy Back Time for cancer research, including Salesforce who are hosting a Halloween at Home Oscars Party for staff and Qualtrics who are donating an hour of time for their over 600 strong team.

Cancer research has also lost months to Covid, and like all charities, Breakthrough Cancer Research has seen fundraising opportunities disappear because of country wide restrictions.  This appeal aims to help restart disrupted research programmes into new and more effective cancer treatments that had to be put on hold, and give patients with the most difficult to treat cancers new options and more time.

Orla Dolan, CEO at Breakthrough Cancer Research said, “Cancer care and research has lost months to COVID-19, but cancer still kills one person every hour of every day.  Only research, and the new treatments it finds, can make up for the time lost.

“We all gain an extra hour when the clocks go back on October 25th, and we’re asking the public to donate that time or join one of our events.  We urgently need to make up the time and fundraising that we have lost this year, and with public support, even increase the pace.  This appeal will fund more lab time for research scientists, get new treatments back into trial, and give cancer patients hope again at a very dark time.”

Over the past 20 years, Breakthrough has helped to bring 8 novel treatments to clinical trial and the organisation has a further 5 in the pipeline. 

To donate, register for one of the events, or get ideas for fundraisers that you could organise over the midterm break, see .  You can also text BCR to 50300.  Texts cost €4*.

#BuyBackTime #MakeMoreSurvivors


For further information, please contact:  Niamh Murphy, ETC / 0870617705

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