Fasting fathers raise €46,000
WEXFORD clerics Reverend Arthur Minion and Fr Aodhan Marken raised a massive €46,000 on their annual four-day fundraising fast for charity, the duo overhwhelmed with the charity of the thousands of people who donated to good causes.
The amount raised was €1,000 more than last year's record-breaking €45,000, the amount exceeding collections at the height of the Boom.
The clerical duo fasted from 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 20, until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, only taking liquids such as tea or coffee without milk, a beaker of soup delivered each day by Westgate Design restaurant and sips of Bovril or Lucozade to maintain their salt and sugar levels.
While the heavens opened last Thursday, most of the fast, outside St Iberius Church, was carried out in relatively balmy weather for the time of year.
The fundraising fast started in 1991 by the late Canon Reverend Norman Ruddock has collected thousands upon thousands of Euro for mostly local charities with Reverend Minion and Fr. Aodhan, then on his first fast, raising an astounding €49,200 last year.
The annual collection has surpassed €40,000 each year for a number of years.
This year, the beneficiaries are the Society of St Vincent de Paul, Wexford Women's Refuge, Ozanam House hostel for homeless men, the South East Radiotherapy Trust (SERT) and Syrian refugees.