TanOrganic, the world’s first and only Eco-Certified self-tanning brand, is proud to announce its support of the Marie Keating Foundation, with a donation of five skin scanners to the charity. These scanners are crucial in detecting unseen skin damage and highlighting the damaging effect overexposure to UV rays from the sun and sunbeds can have on the skin. Besides causing premature ageing, these damaging UV rays can lead to skin cancer. Using the skin scanners will help the Marie Keating nurses highlight the need to use a high factor SPF and stay out of the sun. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland and instances are rising each year, affecting both men and women.
Ronan Keating and his family set up The Marie Keating Foundation after the death of their mother Marie. The Foundation works tirelessly to raise awareness of cancer, how to prevent it and detect it at its earliest stages. Marie died in 1998, aged just 51, of a type of breast cancer called Paget’s Disease, which is usually curable. However, as Marie didn’t know enough about cancer and the importance of early detection, she was treated too late.
The Foundation offers help in many ways, including information/advice leaflets, Spot the Difference information for moles, a Comfort Fund to help people and families in financial difficulty as a result of cancer and it also has three mobile units which travel around Ireland to offer on the spot advice and information.
The skin scanners, donated by TanOrganic, will be used in these mobile units to offer the further service of checking skin for any signs of sun damage. Costing around €1,000 each, the donation of equipment will make an incredible difference to the charity enabling them to continue the amazing work they do across Ireland. This donation is part of the global initiative set up by TanOrganic to donate to cancer charities worldwide and educate people about the dangers of overexposure to the sun through their #sunsmart #safetanning campaign.
On Friday 3rd July, Noelle O’Connor met some resident nurses from the Marie Keating Foundation, with Linda Keating and model Daniella Moyles at one of the charity’s mobile units, to handover the five skin scanners.
Singer Ronan Keating said:
“Myself and the whole Marie Keating Foundation team are really grateful to TanOrganic for donating the skin scanners. One of the main things that we learnt since losing our mam to cancer is that we all need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of cancer and the importance of cancer prevention. Looking after our skin is a really simple but important part of this. The skin scanners that TanOrganic gave us are great because they show where you might already have some sun damage. I know that as soon as I used one, I was definitely reminded of the importance of using SPF.”
Noelle O’Connor, Founder of TanOrganic added:
“I am incredibly passionate about the importance of promoting our #safetanning #sunsmart campaign and am proud to be supporting the Marie Keating Foundation, helping them to raise awareness of cancer throughout Ireland. I hope the skin scanners will prove to be invaulable and help to save even more lives.”