THEY were shaving their heads in Knocknagoshel on Friday night and rocking the night away in Ballymac on Saturday, but each had one goal - to raise funds for west Limerick boy Glen Wilke who is about to undergo a €60,000 operation in the US to alow him walk for the first time.
Walsh's Bar in Knocknagoshel was the venue for a charity head shave in aid of the 'Let's Help Glen Walk' fund, where five brave souls, including local lady Helena O'Mahony, shaved their locks to help the cause. Joint organiser Kieran McAuliffe paid tribute to all who supported the event, which raised over €2,300 for Glen and his family. The Wilkes made the trip from Foynes to Knocknagoshel on the night and were delighted that so many people had come out to support their little boy.
Eight year old Glen has Cerebral Palsy and is unable to sit, stand or walk unaided but has been approved for life-changing surgery in the US on October 27. He will spend five weeks in St Louis' Children's Hospital in Missouri after undergoing extensive neuro surgery that his mom Margaret hopes will change his life forever.
Also getting in on the act to help finance the cost of Glen's surgery were a group of bikers from Castleisland who organised a poker run around north Kerry on Saturday. The 35 bikers took part in the hugely successful event which was followed by a rock night at O'Riada's Bar in Ballymacelligott later than night.
Organiser Frank O'Connor said the event was hugely supported and he paid tribute to all the local businesses who offered spot prizes on the night. While the money is still being counted, it is hoped to reach at least €1,500 in the coming days.