Wednesday 17 September 2014

Ballyferriter's 'First of the Mohicans' sees red for Shave or Dye fundraiser

Published 06/03/2013 | 05:36

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Padraig Hannafin from Ballyferriter with Joanne Houlihan shaving and dyeing his hair as part of the Shave Or Dye Fundraising event at Tigh U i Chathain, Ballyferriter.

THERE were high jinks aplenty in Tigh Uí Chatháin in Ballyferriter on Saturday night as Pádraig Hannafin unveiled a bright red mohawk while raising in excess of €3,000 for the Irish Cancer Society in the process.

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Pádraig was taking part in Today FM's Shave or Dye so he could, in his own words, 'return the favour' after friends and family voluntarily shaved their heads as a sign of support to him following a serious accident in 1999 which saw him undergo ten months of rehabilitation before returning home to adapt to a new way of life.

"I had bleached and dyed my mohawk on Friday night due to time constraints, and the lack of a sink to wash my hair in the middle of the pub," Pádraig told The Kerryman. "I was relieved once I saw that the mohawk had turned out a bright and vibrant colour as I was conscious of giving people their money's worth!"

On the night of the big reveal last Saturday, Pádraig donned a hat in order to keep the colour a secret; once the cat was out of the bag (or the mohawk out of the hat) Joanne May shaved both sides of his head to a blade before the mohawk was gelled to a spike!

"We had a bucket in the pub on the night and for a few days previous and by the time I went home about €600 had been collected," said Pádraig.

"I won't know the final total for about another week as the last few donations come in but I do know for certain it will be more than €3,000 - probably more than €3,500 - but if anyone would still like to donate they can do so at my page which will be open for another ten days or so."

"I'm hugely grateful to everyone who donated, everyone who canvassed for sponsorship, everyone who came along on the night or promoted the night, Donal Kane, Joanne May and anyone who had anything to do with a worthy charity like the Irish Cancer Society receiving a huge sum of money."


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