Youth Justice Agency staff in Derry are today swopping their desk-jobs to get the cash registers ringing for the 2017 Action Cancer Shops’ Challenge.

Events and activities include: Pie Throwing at the YJA Management Team! YJA staff member Gavin Duffy having his head shaved, YJA staff member and former Derry City FC player and Assistant Manager Donal O’Brien having his legs waxed, face-painting, hair-braiding and a draw for a Northern Ireland shirt signed by the team following their recent win over the Czech Republic

This annual event by the local cancer charity will see Youth Justice Agency staff from across Northern Ireland behind the counter of their local Action Cancer shops in a major fund-raising effort.

The Youth Justice Agency staff will put their entrepreneurial skills to the test by taking over the running of shops across Northern Ireland for the day, whilst also competing against other teams to promote, manage and increase the sales in each shop.

Youth Justice Agency Chief Executive, Declan McGeown said: “Our staff teams are very much a part of the local community and work on a daily basis with local people who are impacted by the great work of Action Cancer.

“The Shops’ Challenge is an excellent opportunity for us to support our local communities and raise funds for Action Cancer.”

Katherine Young, Action Cancer’s Retail Development Officer added: “The Shops’ Challenge provides a unique opportunity for Action Cancer Retail to engage with local organisations. Every penny raised during the challenge stays within Northern Ireland to provide free services to local people including; breast screening to women aged 40-49 and 70 plus & complementary therapies and counselling to anyone impacted by cancer. We are delighted at the level of commitment from the Youth Justice Agency Teams and we hope that local people will come out in force on 14 September and support their local Action Cancer shop.”

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