Caroline takes on 'Veg Pledge' challenge to raise funds for Cancer Research 

by Aoife Curran

CAROLINE Clarke, who co-owns Oysters Restaurant in Strabane, will take on this month’s 'Veg Pledge' in aid of Cancer Research UK.

During the month of November, Mrs Clarke will challenge herself to eat only a vegetarian diet.

Speaking this week to the Strabane Weekly News, she explained: “It all happened by chance more than anything. We had just announced the launch of our upgraded vegetarian and vegan two course menu on Facebook when I came across a post from Cancer Research UK encouraging people to take up the 'Veg Pledge' during the month of November.

“I knew it was an omen so I thought why not put my money where my mouth is? My dad, Michael Friel, died from cancer 30 years - one day after diagnosis and without the opportunity to receive treatment. After my father passed, I knew I wanted to help people going through the same situation so I always donated whatever money I could to cancer research but I always felt like I could more and this is the perfect opportunity to do so.”

The local restauranter added: “It’s for a great cause and I want to raise as much money as I can in memory of my dad. I have created a JustGiving page and I would be extremely grateful for any kind donations people wish to leave me.

“I’m also going to put a sponsorship form in the restaurant and hopefully encourage some customers to make a small donation. My goal is £100 and if I surpass that, it would be great!”

Donations can be made via

page/carolines-veg-pledge-45 or by completing a sponsorship from in Oysters Restaurant, Patrick Street, Strabane.

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