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Saturday 21 September 2019

Martina gives something back to SERT by raising over €3,100

At the cheque presentation in Breen's of the Dirr: back, Jack O'Brien, Jim Mullhall, Seamus Roche, Paul Rochford and Seanie Murray; front, Harry Lacey, Catherine Malone (SERT) and Martina Roche, event organiser.
At the cheque presentation in Breen's of the Dirr: back, Jack O'Brien, Jim Mullhall, Seamus Roche, Paul Rochford and Seanie Murray; front, Harry Lacey, Catherine Malone (SERT) and Martina Roche, event organiser.

By Amy Lewis

Martina Roche decided to give something back to a cause close to her heart by organising a sponsored head shave in aid of the South East Radiotherapy Trust.

What began as a small idea completely surpassed her expectations by pulling in an impressive €3,111.50. The money was presented to Catherine Malone from SERT at Breen's of the Dirr, while an additional €320 since donated will be given to the group at a later date.

Martina decided to organise the event in aid of volunteer-based transport service SERT, after she experienced first-hand the work that the volunteers do. At the age of 43, Martina was diagnosed with cancer and needed to avail of the service while she was getting treatment. Martina finished her treatment in July and said she is now doing very well. However, the memories of her journeys remain with her and this inspired her to organise the event.

'I used the bus myself when I was going for treatment and found it absolutely fantastic. In the beginning, I was reluctant to get it because friends and family were going to bring me instead but as I had to go up and down every day for seven weeks, that just became too much. I decided to use the SERT bus and it was brilliant. I met people my age, older and younger than me and made great friends on the journeys,' she said.

'I wanted to give something back, especially as the organisation is totally voluntary.'

The event, which was held last month, proved to be as successful a social occasion as it was a fundraiser. Several brave men took the chop on the night including Jim Mulhall and Jack O'Brien, who went for the complete head shave. Meanwhile, Seamus Roche and Harry Lacey dyed their hair black and Paul Rochford went for the beard shave. Seanie Murray took a walk on the wild side by going for a mohawk.

Members of the locality held another fundraiser for SERT by taking part in Movember this year. Ten men grew their beards and moustaches for the month, raising a total of €900 for the group. This will soon be donated to SERT, along with the additional €320 that Martina's event received.

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