TERRIFIC results in weight loss achieved by addressing lifestyle choices have contributed to the success of the annual Cullen and District Special Needs Association Weigh In hosting.
The commitment of volunteers is second to none, braving inclement weather to support the annual staging. That allowed slimmer looking personel convene at the completion of the 28th annual Weigh In that concluded on Monday night.
Leading the way was well known "Corkman " columnist Phil O'Sullivan, who looked leaner and fitter on reducing the burden on the scales by 31 pounds over a ten week spell.
Phil revealed his efforts included a regularised programme under the watchful eye of his fitness guru and wife, Nell.
"I soaked a lemon in a pint of water overnight and drank it, that helps to rid fat. Add in plenty plenty of vegetables, all contributed to the weight loss. With a few layers of clothing, I walked up to four miles, taking different routes to avoid boredom. By the time, I returned, the sweat was just like taking the saddle off a horse after a race", he quipped.
The latest staging continues a most successful fund raiser undertaken by the progressive voluntary grouping Cullen and District Special Needs Association whose workload towards improving the quality of life for people with special needs is renowned for almost three decades.
With in excess of 940 pounds lost in weight, that was compensated by revenue raised to support the cause. Down through the years, charitable beneficiaries all over Cork and Kerry have availed of their various ventures. Currently, the Cullen grouping are involved in an ambitious project for a development to enhance the requirements of those requiring special needs.
Each year, the group holds a series of fundraising events, from their appealing threshing and vintage festival to the generosity of groups, companies and individuals in providing regular donations.
The Weigh In remains popular, however, commencing in January and Millstreet based Doctor Patrick Casey was on hand on a weekly basis to monitor progress.
"There was wonderful enthusiasm over the ten weeks from everybody involved," said Dr Casey, who praised dedicated committee.
A party atmosphere prevaled on the closing night with those involved enjoying the music, danced to polka sets and shoeing the donkey and of course brought along their sponsorship monies.
Trophies sponsored by Robert and Dorothy Guerin from Ballydaly were awarded to Phil O'Sullivan. In runner up position was Doon's John O'Sullivan, losing 25 pounds with Con O'Keeffe from Banteer shedding 21 pounds.
In the ladies section trophies were awarded to first time participant Margaret Murphy of Knocknalomon who emerged winner after forfeiting 28 pounds, followed by Mags Mullane of Rathcoole and Dorothy Guerin.
Most money was collected by Phil O'Sullivan on raising a whopping €215 followed by Pat O'Connor and Peg Pearse.
Chairperson Breeda O'Riordan issued a sincere thanks to all who had contributed to another resounding, and lucrative, success.