24 June 2015
Photo of Belfast car scene with Liz Gardner
Young people who drive modified, souped-up cars usually get a bad press but the organisers of Belfast Car Scene refuse to be stereotyped. They’re organising their fourth summer “Cruise for Cancer” from Carrickfergus to Portrush along the coast road.
In all, they’re expecting 2,000 cars to join their motorcade, which has the approval of the Parades Commission and police. This year, 29-year-old Marc Whitford is hoping Belfast Car Scene will raise £10,000 to help people living with cancer in Northern Ireland: 'Everyone knows someone close to them who has been affected by cancer and that’s why we’re asking everyone taking part to donate £10 to Macmillan on our Just Giving site.'
Marc’s Aunt, Liz Gardner, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999. She was only 38 at the time and underwent surgery and radiotherapy in England.
Nine years later, she discovered the cancer had spread to her liver. Doctors told her she only had four months to live.
Liz came home to Northern Ireland, where she has been undergoing treatment ever since. Now a grandmother, the Bangor hairdresser says she has got through two ‘bucket lists’ and is starting a third.
She will be joining the long line of cars in her convertible with the top down – Northern Ireland weather permitting: 'Young people who like their cars get a bad press, but the organisers of Cruise for Cancer are so responsible and so well organised. The atmosphere is amazing from start to finish.
'I’m so proud of my nephew for getting involved and raising so much money to help local people with cancer.'