Saturday 20 January 2018

Cullen 'losers' shed 863 pounds

EATING better has never been tastier for activists in the Cullen Weigh In.

At the close of the 2014 series last week, leading the way were dedicated patrons from the wider catchment area.

The successful fundraiser was the progressive voluntary grouping Cullen and District Special Needs Association, whose workload towards improving the quality of life for people with special needs is renowned over the past 23 years.

With 863 pounds lost in weight, more than €4,800 was generated by patrons to support the cause.

Down through the years, charitable beneficiaries all over Cork and Kerry availed of their various ventures but currently the Cullen grouping are involved in an ambitious project for a development to enhance the requirements of those requiring special needs.

Speaking to The Corkman, Secretary Moira O'Keeffe said they were overwhelmed by the response to the challenge they put out.

"We held the weigh-in on Monday nights and were happy when many regulars turned up and registered at Cullen Community Centre. The weather didn't help nor did access to Cullen, owing to damage to a bridge", she said.

During the course of the past 12 months, the Cullen and District Special Needs Association played host to a series of fundraising events, their diversity range from their appealing Threshing and Vintage Festival to the generosity of groups, companies and individuals in providing regular donations.

The Weigh In remains very popular, however.

The annual event commenced in January and Millstreet based Doctor Patrick Casey was on hand on a weekly basis with his weighing scales and monitored the progress of participants.

Each of the participants responded by checking their diets, thus the pounds and stone were shed with euros increasing. At the closing night Dr Casey hailed all those involved in the weigh in.

"There was wonderful enthusiasm over the ten weeks from everybody involved. Thanks are extended to the wonderful enthusiasm of a dedicated committee", he said.

A party atmosphere developed on the closing night with those involved enjoying the music, danced to polka sets and shoeing the donkey and of course brought along their sponsorship monies to confirm support to the Cullen and District Special Needs Association ambitious project.

In the gents section, trophies sponsored by Robert and Dorothy Guerin from Ballydaly were awarded to Anthony Barry, who lost a massive 37 pounds. In runner up position was Cullen's Anthony O'Connor, losing 32 pounds with James Collins from Millsteet shedding 26 pounds.

In the ladies section trophies were awarded to Breeda Fitzgerald of Boherbue who emerged winner on forfeiting 31 pounds, followed by Pauline Reen, Boherbue and Mary Murphy, Kiskeam.

The most money was collected by Pat O'Connor from Knocknageee on raising a whopping €280 followed by Kathleen Kelleher and Michelle Creedon.

Chairperon Breeda O'Riordan issued a sincere thanks to Dr Patrick Casey for his involvement over the ten weeks. She added thanks to all the musicians and aerobics to Hannah Lee O'Connor who added to the occasion.

"The music and the dancing allowed people enjoy themselves in addition to losing weight in the process and help the cause", said Secretary Moira O'Keeffe.


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