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Traffic warden gets strips torn off him for Haiti

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L to R back row, Jonny O?Hanlon, John Dunphy, Lee Furmedge, Jack Madigan, James Bilson, front row, Adrian Leahy, Paul Scannell, Matthew Watkinson, Darren McGrath, Damian Brady

 

Cobh YMCA STEP 

Cobh YMCA STEP group last Wednesday held a fundraising event in aid of the Haiti charity appeal. The lads of the group put their hairiest leg forward to be waxed or their heads under the clippers for a number 1 shave, but all in a good cause. The girls played their part too; they convinced local traffic warden Matthew Watkinson to come and let the locals literally tear strips off him!

The event also featured a raffle with prizes generously donated by local businesses. Local beautician Michelle Crowley worked tirelessly for 2 hours until all legs presented were as smooth as a babies bottom. And at the end of the day almost ?1,000 had been raised. With sponsor money and donations still rolling in the group aim to get well into the four figures before handing the money over to YCare International.

Latest figures released on the day of the event stated that around 230,000 people died in last month’s earthquake, 18,000 more than its previous estimate. This means that the toll from the 12 January quake is approaching that of the 2004 Asian tsunami, which killed 250,000 people. Since the devastating earthquake struck, the YMCA has been working relentlessly to provide lifesaving support to earthquake victims. To support this work, the YMCA has managed to deliver critical relief items into Haiti through an aid convoy from the Dominican Republic. Despite no longer having premises, the local YMCA in Haiti was still able to mobilise 60 volunteers to successfully distribute the supplies to affected communities on Sunday morning immediately after the quake, under police protection.

So far YCare International have been distributing food, tents, blankets, hygiene kits and medical equipment. They are supplying healthcare kits to keep 10,000 people going for three months, and water purification kits, which are vital in reducing the risk of outbreaks of cholera and other water-borne diseases. In addition, they are helping provide psycho-social support to those who have been left traumatised by this disaster as the people of Haiti look towards the future.

This money will be used by YCare International to further this essential work over the coming months and years.

YMCA would like to thank all those involved in this fundraising event. If you would like further information then please contact James Bilson at Cobh YMCA on 021 4814060 or step@indigo.ie 

(Pictures show; Traffic warden getting his legs waxed, before and after shot of Darren McGrath?s legs, Jack Madigan midway through his head shave, the lads ? L to R back row, Jonny O?Hanlon, John Dunphy, Lee Furmedge, Jack Madigan, James Bilson, front row, Adrian Leahy, Paul Scannell, Matthew Watkinson, Darren McGrath, Damian Brady.) 

Before and After 

Traffic Warden Gets It On The Legs

  

Half 'n' Half - Jack Madigan

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