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Men with beards rake in €18,855

Nicola Donnelly

Published 04/02/2014 | 05:32

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A STAGGERING €18,855 was raised following a successful 'Beards for Brea' fundraising campaign held in Garristown.

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A STAGGERING €18,855 was raised following a successful 'Beards for Brea' fundraising campaign held in Garristown.

The campaign was held last November where up to 30 local men grew beards for the month of November to raise funds for St John's Ward at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin.

Inspired by four-year-old local girl Brea Mullarkey, the daughter of Elaine and Tommy, who was diagnosed with leukaemia last August and received treatment at St John's Ward, the men set about growing their beards and getting sponsorship along the way.

'We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who was involved in the 'Beards for Brea' fundraiser – whether you grew a beard, shaved a beard or donated money,' Margaret White said.

A cousin of Elaine's, Orlaith Harford of St Joseph's Mercy Secondary School in Navan held a Cake Sale at the school, raising a further €400 and donated it to the "Beards for Brea" fundraiser.

'We also would like to thank Niall Gormley of Gormley's pub in Garristown for allowing us to use the pub to do the big shave off,' added Margaret.

A special presentation of the cheque to Jamie Conway, Community Development Officer for the Children's Medical & Research Foundation at Crumlin Hospital took place last week where 'Beards for Brea' organiser Margaret White along with Elaine and Brea were in attendance.

'The "Beards for Brea" was a huge success,' added Margaret, 'We got more and more local men involved and it just spiralled from there.'

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