Last Saturday saw representatives from Longford Hospice Homecare, Cavan Monaghan Palliative Care and Aoibheann’s Pink Tie accept cheques from Gowna’s Grow to Give Movember-style campaign, which raised a total of €67,800 for cancer charities.
It all started back in November when the community of Gowna and the surrounding areas, including Mullinalaghta, came together to run a Movember style campaign under the banner of Gowna’s Grow to Give.
A shave night was held in White’s Bar, Gowna on November 30 last, where more than 400 people attended to s ee the hair shed!
The inspiration behind the campaign was Gowna girl, Abigail, daughter of Gearoid and Sharon Reilly, natives of Gowna and Mullinalaghta.
In July 2013, Abigail was diagnosed with Wilms Tumour at just 10 months old, and subsequently had one of her kidneys removed.
To help towards the fundraising, both of Abigail’s grandfathers’ beards and moustaches also fell victim to the barbers at the shave night!
The Grow to Give campaign raised money for Ireland’s only nationally dedicated children’s cancer charity ‘Aoibheann’s Pink Tie’, which was founded by Jimmy Norman in 2010 after his 8 year old daughter lost her battle with cancer.
The charity provides practical support for families who are battling cancer.
Funds were also raised for Palliative Care Services in Cavan and Longford, who provide support to many locals, including Carmel Simpson, who have been affected by cancer.
Carmel shaved her hair for the campaign to further boost the total.
There were numerous contributors to the fundraiser, and the generosity of supporters helped the campaign to raise an astounding €67,800, which was presented to the charities on Saturday last in White’s Bar, Gowna.
A guest appearance was made on the night by RTÉ’s Secret Millionaire Margaret Farrelly, who supported and donated to Aoibheann’s Pink Tie as part of the show. Representatives from the charities were also in attendance, all speaking of the enormity of the overwhelming contributions, suggesting that whatever it is they have in the generous community should be bottled.