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Celebrity chef Rory O’Connell calls on Irish people to BBQ to Beat Cancer

The Marie Keating Foundation launches campaign to turn up the heat on cancer

With summer in full swing, celebrity chef Rory O’Connell launched the Marie Keating Foundation’s BBQ to Beat Cancer campaign, kindly sponsored by Flogas. The Marie Keating Foundation is asking people nationwide to become a BBQ Hero by hosting a fundraising BBQ in aid of its men’s cancer programmes and services. By registering for a free fundraising pack, BBQ Heroes will receive a chef’s hat, posters, invitations, balloons, a Ballymaloe Foods recipe booklet, and a Ballymaloe Foods coupon. For more information and to register, see


Speaking at the launch, Rory O’Connell, who co-founded Ballymaloe Cookery School alongside his sister Darina Allen, said, “Each year in Ireland, about 37,000 cases of cancer are diagnosed and more men than women are affected. However, we can come together to raise funds to help beat this disease. BBQs are a fun way to do this and they can be healthy too. We have provided you with lots of great recipes to get you started, so register for your BBQ to Beat Cancer pack now and tell cancer to ‘burger off.’”


Also speaking at the launch was Linda Keating, Director of Fundraising, the Marie Keating Foundation, who said, “I love BBQs because they bring everyone together. The Marie Keating Foundation’s BBQ to Beat Cancer campaign is a brilliant idea because it doesn’t matter when you host your BBQ, how many people you invite or whether you are a good cook. All that matters is that you are bringing your friends, family or colleagues together to turn up the heat on cancer.”


The Marie Keating Foundation’s BBQ to Beat Cancer campaign is kindly supported by Flogas. Members of the public who are getting ready to BBQ to Beat Cancer are invited to avail of a special offer of €5 off plus free next-day delivery* of Gaslight using the promo code BBQ4MKF. Visit


Commenting the partnership, Eoin O’Flynn, Marketing Manager, Flogas, said, “We are very proud to be partnering with the Marie Keating Foundation on the BBQ to Beat Cancer campaign. We have long admired the work that the Foundation does in supporting men and women throughout Ireland who are affected by cancer. Many of our customers and colleagues are affected by this disease so this campaign is a great way to give back while also encourage people to have fun and enjoy themselves this summer.”


For a free BBQ to Beat Cancer pack, see BBQ to Beat Cancer events can be held at any date throughout the summer. All funds raised will support the Marie Keating Foundation’s men’s health programmes and services. More information is available on the website.



*Next-day delivery excludes Donegal