CHRISTMAS would not be Christmas without people taking time off from their celebrations to do something out of the ordinary.
This year is no different, with a number of fun events taking place on Christmas Day and St Stephen's Day, offering people the chance to shake off those festive excesses.
The 10th annual Goal Mile fundraiser will take place in Doneraile Park on Christmas morning from 10am to noon.
People from across the region are invited to run, jog or walk and donate whatever they can afford to the charity.
People can also donate €6 by texting Goal to 50300.
The Sliabh Luachra 'Walk for Suicide Aware' will take place on St Stephen's Day morning at 10.30am from Foyle in Ballydesmond. The sponsored walk will trek to the source of the River Blackwater.
For more information contact 086 3500240.
Members of the Mallow Search and Rescue Unit will brave the frigid waters of the River Blackwater on Christmas morning for their festive fundraising. Up to 15 of them will take part in the annual event that will take place at 11am from the Ten Arches to Mallow.
Spectators are invited to come along and enjoy the fun, with all monies raised going to the unit's running costs for 2014.
On St Stephen's morning members of the Fermoy based Blackwater Sub Aqua club will hold their annual fundraising 'Finswim', meeting at the clubhouse on Rathealy Road at 10am.
As in previous years the event will be staggered, with some of the group swimming the six miles from Ballyhooley Bridge to Fermoy and the remainder staring from Castlehyde.
Club members or supporters who would like to take part in the swim or help with the logistics can contact David Carey on 086 8533928.
The Fermoy GAA Club will pit north and south against each other at noon on St Stephen's Day as members come out for their annual challenge match.
The game will see players from the northside of the town take on their southern rivals at the pitch, with half of the match being hurling and the other half football.