by NEIL GREENLEES
Elaine Patton with one of her four legged
A LOCAL vet who normally devotes her time to
the welfare of animals is currently preparing to take part in a
10 day trek through the rugged Andes to help humans battling
Elaine Patton who ha spent almost three years
with the Ian Moore Practice in Dromore and Moira looking after
both large and small animals will set off for South America in
February along with her sister Jill McCann.
The two women were just small children when
the disease claimed their father's life and they hope their
participation in the Action Cancer trek will help more young
parents faced with such a devastating diagnosis live to see
their children grow up.
Elaine and Jill who come originally from
Ballywalter on the Ards Peninsula will be two of 12 participants
taking part in the Trek.
To qualify they have to raise sponsorship of
at least £300C each for Action Cancer.
Elaine explained they had already worked
together on fund raising projects and gave details of a major
event which they hope will see them well on the way to their
"A coffee morning and Marks & Spencer grocery
bagpacking session have proved successful,' she said.
"However, our summer barbeque for Action
Cancer at Cultra Manor in the Ulster Folk Museum is the key to
reaching the £6000 target.
"Running from 7pm on Saturday, September 22
this charity event has two great goals – raising a serious
amount of money for Action Cancer and providing a serious amount
of fun for all."
Elaine explained apart from a live band,
dancing, good food and great company in the 'noble surroundings'
of Cultra Manor guests will also enjoy a raffle and charity
auction for which both bids and entries are welcome.
"Already friends, clients and indeed total
strangers have been leaving in prizes and auction lots varying
from signed rugby shirts to weekends away and a helicopter
ride," she added.
Elaine said Vets tend to 'be on the go and
keep pretty fit' and added she enjoyed walking in the Mournes.
"But this Action Cancer Trek Chile requires a
very different level of fitness," she admitted. "'To roll out of
a sleeping bag in a chilly dawn and keep walking eight to nine
hours a day, every day, for 10 days is going to be tough.
Especially carrying a rucksack feeling ever heavier as we get
into the higher mountains where altitude sickness could be a
Anyone wanting to support Elaine and Jill as
they do their bit to help beat cancer can purchase barbeque
tickets at £20 each or £190 per table of 10 from Dromore
Veterinary Clinic telephone 07917 842061.
They promise a 'good value night out for a great