“Hughes Bar ‘Noisy Neighbours’ Movember team members are delighted to announce that the total from this year amounted to an incredible €15,642.00. This is our biggest to date and we are so thankful to everyone who supported us in any way,” said Movember spokesperson, Moira Hughes.
“We are so proud of the group of lads who took part in this year’s fundraiser.They worked tirelessly collecting donations and spot prizes while busily growing their moustaches! The night itself saw a full house. There was great banter and laughter during the shave offs, auctions and raffle.
“We would like to thank all our sponsors. Without them the night would not be possible. Local man Richard Harnett did a wonderful job doing the auctions and, as always he got people to dig deep and have some fantastic fun!
“Catriona O’ Connell and Eoghan Brennan were busy all night shaving the 33 ‘hairy lads’ and also had three head shaves during the night added in, raising some fantastic extra money.
Shane McLoughlin and Mick Galwey
We would like to thank local soccer star, Shane McLoughlin and Mick Galway for their support in getting jerseys signed for the night.
“We had a signed Ipswich Town Jersey and an Ireland jersey signed by Paul O’ Connell which were auctioned.The sixth year girls from Presentation Convent Castleisland also made a heart-felt donation of €250 from surplus money they had from a recent Debs.
“This was an amazing gesture from a group of young people.The donation was presented by Therese Healy and Meave Kearney on the night on behalf of their class.
Mags Lynch from Castleisland also raised money for a head shave for a dear friend of hers who passed away recently.
“This was a spur of the moment decision towards the end of a great night. She didn’t reach the price tag she put on shaving her hair and decided to continue this journey herself after the night but has since decided to donate the money to our Movember group,” said Moira.
“The night was a fantastic success and showed wonderful spirit in a small community.We are very grateful to Minister Jimmy Deenihan who supported and attended the fundraiser on the night.We were delighted to have representatives from the Kerry/Cork link bus and the Kerry Hospice Foundation there too to witness the fundraiser first hand.
“I cannot finish up without saying a huge thank you to Catriona O’Connell, Siobhan McCrohan and Jackie Griffin who have worked so hard raising funds and organising things.
They were also instrumental in keeping the 33 lads in order during this event! This year we divided the money equally between the Kerry’s/Cork Link Bus, The Kerry Hospice Foundation and Movember Ireland. In the five years being part of Movember we have raised over €50,000.
“The group has gone from strength to strength since we started in 2011 and we contribute this success to the fantastic lads who joined every year with such spirit. The people who make donations, our sponsors, the local media and the people who attend the fundraising night.
People are incredibly generous despite a lot of other financial pressures.
“Unfortunately so many people are affected by Cancer but it’s fundraisers like this that highlight the importance of early detection in beating this disease as well as raising much needed funds.
“The cheques have been presented and we know that every cent will go to fantastic use in the coming weeks and months ahead.The Hughes Bar Noisy neighbours would like to wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Happy 2016 and we look forward to next year,” Moira concluded.