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Grow2Mow shave raises almost €5k for cancer support

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David O’Neill and fellow Grow2Mow fundraiser mates presenting a cheque for €4,736 to Eileen Earls, Pauline Leonard and Ann McCarthy of Wicklow Cancer Society

David O’Neill and fellow Grow2Mow fundraiser mates presenting a cheque for €4,736 to Eileen Earls, Pauline Leonard and Ann McCarthy of Wicklow Cancer Society

David O’Neill and fellow Grow2Mow fundraiser mates presenting a cheque for €4,736 to Eileen Earls, Pauline Leonard and Ann McCarthy of Wicklow Cancer Society

A group of friends decided to raise their spirits during the first week of lockdown by growing their hair and beards so they could be shaved for charity.

The Grow2Mow fundraiser for Wicklow Cancer Support was devised by David O Neill, Liam Theobald, Dido Dunne, Noel McVeigh, Paul Furlong, Anto Scanlon, John O'Neill, Kevin Czwalina and Peter Byrne,

Their intimal target was €2,000, with the shave planned for Fitzpatrick's Pub in Wicklow town.

As the weeks continued, it soon became clear that the pub idea wasn't going to happen any time soon, so the nine-strong group decided after 14 weeks of growth that a safe, outdoor environment would be the best place for the shave.

They went under the razor on the green area opposite the Brass Fox in Wicklow town. SKC Providers offered their support, while staff member Ronan McVeigh was the MC for the occasion.

Sean and Stephen of Eclectic Barbers, Wicklow's newest barbers, carried out the shaves.

Cllr John Snell was also present and was persuaded on the day to have his head shaved as well.

Thanks are also passed onto Patrice Murphy of 3Rock for providing the progress posters.

An impressive tally of €4,736 was raised for the worthy cause, and the nine freshly shorn volunteers handed over a cheque for the proceeds to Eileen Earls, Pauline Leonard and Ann McCarthy of Wicklow Cancer Society which was gratefully accepted.

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