Over €12,000 raised through the 'Beards for Brea' campaign
WELL over €12,000 has been raised following a successful 'Beards for Brea' fundraising campaign in Garristown recently.
Up to 30 men from the locality grew beards for the month of November to raise funds for St. John's Ward at Crumlin Children's Hospital.
Inspired by three-year-old local girl Brea Mullarkey, who has recently been diagnosed with leukemia and is receiving treatment at St. John's Ward, the men set about growing their beards and getting sponsorship along the way.
Brea's parents Elaine and Tommy were at the big shave off on the night with Tommy also participating by growing a beard, along with Brea's granddad Des Bolton.
The big shave-off took place in Gormley's Bar in the village and with money still coming in, the final figure has not yet been totalled.
A special presentation of the cheque to St John's Ward is expected to take place later when the full amount has been totalled.
'The 'Beards for Brea' was a huge success,' said Margaret White, whose husband Thomas sparked off the fundraising event by deciding to grow a beard for the hospital.
'We got more and more local men involved and it just spiralled from there,' said Margaret, who helped shave the beards off the men. 'Donations are still coming in which is fantastic,' she added.