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Isle of Woman 2007 Launches with Royal accolade 31 July 2007

HRH Prince Charles Salutes Record-Breaking £1m Fund Raising Feat For Breakthrough Breast Cancer

Isle of Woman 2007 launches today with a full calendar of events to raise funds for the Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The launch follows the recent awards presentation in Manchester, when a letter was presented by the CEO of Breakthrough to the IOM Breakthrough group from HRH Prince Charles in recognition of £1m raised in the Isle of Man for the cancer research charity.

A personal letter from HRH Prince Charles to the IOM Breakthrough Group commended the group's fund raising events and described their effort as inspiring.

Last year the Isle of Woman festival, held over the last weekend in October to coincide with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, was fantastically successful in motivating the community and has contributed significantly to the total of £1m that has been raised in the Isle of Man over the years. This year's Isle of Woman is set to build on this success with a fun-filled weekend jam-packed with different activities and events.

There is something for every taste. A full day of sports and activities that take advantage of the island’s natural assets is sure to appeal to fitness enthusiasts. Golfing, water sports, diving, cycling, mountain biking and road racing are all example of activities on offer in the Isle of Man for the active woman. In addition a number of quality spa facilities are being showcased and are offering special Isle of Woman deals and packages.

Carole Male, who invests a considerable amount of her personal time to the Isle of Woman festival said,

”Having myself suffered great losses at the hands of cancer, I feel very passionately about the cause. Its success is paramount to me, and raising money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer is something which is very close to my heart.”

The Isle of Woman team works to create awareness and raise money to fund drug trials. Money raised also works towards establishing just how men and women get cancer in the first place, and what can be done to prevent it. While providing people with more information and understanding, it also offers the individuals involved new ways and opportunities to help beat this disease.

Department of Tourism and Leisure MHK, Geoff Corkish said,

“The success of the Isle of Woman festival has been incredible and the recognition gained from the recent award adds to the campaign's prestige. It's providing more opportunity not only to raise money for cancer, but to further boost the island's popularity as a tourist destination.”

Media enquires: Sherrilynne Starkie, Strive PR, 01624 628994, sherrilynne@strivepr.com

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