Just for January 2021

On the 1st January 2021 why not give up something for the month and donate what you save to ARC Cancer Support Centres.


It takes a very special ARC Hero to kick a habit and raise funds for ARC Cancer Support Centres. Whatever you decide to give up - junk food, smoking, alcohol, chocolate or crisps – find the Hero in You and please consider donating your savings to ARC, and give that bad habit the boot!

You could even try cutting down on social media, online shopping, Netflix, or swearing, perhaps setting up an old fashioned “swear jar”!

Studies show that if we give up something up for 28 consecutive days we will more than likely kick that habit for good!  It’s a win-win!  Remember, every penny you raise will make a difference to the lives of those affected by cancer and their loved ones.

Jason Byrne


Jason Byrne here, I've been asked by your amazing staff to give something up for January. One particular member asked me to give up talking, I can't do this as that’s my job, talking. 

So, I've decided to give up sweets and sugar, but that’s no money, i hear you cry, well, I’m a sugar fiend, sugar in the coffee in the morning, a little cake with that, a few more sweets in the car, pink bon bon's or a frozen Tia Maria ice pop.

Then its home for a cup of tea and a few biccies, after dinner a lovely Curly Wurly with another tea, then finish off the night with a few milk teeth, and of course just as I pass the fridge to go to bed, a bite of a Wispa.

I'll de donating at least €2,000 to ARC in January!

Best of luck everyone!

Jason Byrne

Comedian, Jason Byrne, is taking part in Just for January 2021

Here are some tips and tricks to get your fundraising started:

  • Sign up HERE . There is no registration fee. We only ask you to commit to staying on course for the month of January and donating what you save.


  • Set up your own personal fundraising page. At ARC, our favourite online fundraising pages are iDonate  https://www.idonate.ie/ and Just Giving https://www.justgiving.com/. Or you can simply donate straight to our ‘ARC Just for January’ page and we will see your donation directly here. Every euro you raise will come straight to us at ARC Cancer Support Centres.


  • Don’t forget to set yourself a fundraising target – people are more likely to help you reach it!


  • Let them know what you are giving up and why you are going the extra mile for ARC Cancer Support Centres.


  • Share your personal fundraising page link with your family & friends on your social medial channels, e-mail and WhatsApp!

By breaking the habit and finding the Hero in You this January, you are helping ARC to continue to support those affected by cancer and their loved ones.  The ARC Fundraising team will be there every step of the way to help you with your fundraising so please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01 2150250 or e-mail fundraising@arccancersupport.ie

Honestly, we couldn’t do what we do best, without the support and generosity we receive from people like YOU. THANK YOU.

Tony Ward

“I was asked by ARC to become the first Just for January Ambassador, an invitation and challenge I was delighted to accept! I am now looking for hardy souls to join me to give up a bad habit for the whole month of January. That’s right, just one bad habit! It will all be worth it, as you will be swapping that bad habit for euros as you raise money to support people affected by cancer. So, please join me this January as ARC runs its Just for January campaign to kick a bad habit for an amazing cause.”

Tony Ward, former Irish Rugby Union and football player is taking part in this years Just for January


Martin Sweeney

As someone whose motto is "Never Give Up!", this is an interesting challenge!

For Just for January, I have decided to give up dessert. We usually eat our dinner late in the evening and we always finish with dessert, even though we know that the added sugar and calories after a big meal before bedtime really aren't doing us any good. So, much as I love my profiteroles, creme brulees and bread and butter pudding (my absolute favourite!), I'm going to give it a go. Wallace doesn't have as sweet a tooth as me, but he's joining in as well and is looking forward to introducing me to lots of healthy alternatives - I can't wait! :)

We usually buy our desserts from the supermarket and we reckon we spend up to €30 a week on them - so we'll be donating some of our savings to ARC, and we couldn't be happier to do so. ARC has been such a wonderful source of support since my diagnosis and treatment, and the amazing team there deserves all the help they can get to keep their services running during these difficult times. 

Best of luck everyone, and roll on 2021!

Martin Sweeney, an ARC client, taking part in Just for January 2021