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Bus staff shed the pounds in €8k cancer charity drive

THEY may have one of the most sedentary professions, but Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann employees have pulled out all the stops to lose weight and raise money for charity.

The staff members lost an impressive combined weight of 25 stone through fitness and diet and subsequently raised over €8,000 for the Irish Cancer Society.

In March, a team of 20 people from each company set themselves a target of raising €2,000 and if that goal was reached their companies agreed to match it.

The challenge was initiated with the dual purpose of raising funds for charity and kicking off the new year on a healthy note.

All participants fundraised with a sponsorship cards and there was a 5k fun run/walk in the Cold Cut Sports & Social Club.

Chief executive of Dublin Bus Paddy 
Doherty said they were thrilled.

"Congratulations to all who got involved and put in hours of hard work," he said.

"I understand this will be an annual event and I look forward to seeing more people getting involved in next year's challenge."

Chief executive of Bus Eireann Martin Nolan said the €8,453 raised will be put to good use.

"We wish the Irish Cancer Society the best in their endeavours," he said.


The Irish Cancer Society was presented with the cheque by Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann employees who took part in the weight loss challenge at their final weigh in.

At the presentation, Kevin Dempsey of the Irish Cancer society said: "Not only have the staff involved raised an amazing amount in donations, but have also helped to spread the word about cancer and the importance of healthy living."