Tuesday 21 January 2020

St John's volunteers sport moustaches to help men’s health

St John’s Volunteers team members who took part in the fundraiser for the Movember Foundation
St John’s Volunteers team members who took part in the fundraiser for the Movember Foundation

Simon Bourke

Members of St John's Volunteers GAA club have foregone razors and shaving gear for a month to raise funds for the Movember Foundation.

Eoin McCarthy, Jim McCarthy, Jason Kearns, Michael Lawlor, Peter McGuire, Danny O'Sullivan, Mickie Banville, Ken McAuley, David Cunningham, Ben McMahon, Anthony Walsh, and Cian Brennan all sported moustaches throughout November in aid of the charity which focuses on men's health.

And Eoin McCarthy, who organised the event, said it was something he and the players felt passionately about.

'We often fundraise for our own club, but this time we were raising money for the Movember campaign, which encourages men to take care of their own mental health.

'The club isn't just about the footballers. It's about the whole community that comes together around the game. A couple of years ago we became involved in the GAA's Healthy Club Project.

'There naturally is a huge focus on the physical fitness that goes with football, but we are also trying to promote an awareness of mental health,' Eoin said.

This extends to local groups and organisation which, Eoin says, the Volunteers promote every time they step on the field.

'Our new jerseys feature details of local organisation It's Good 2 Talk on the back. It sends a clear message to players on the field and spectators alike, that the Vols support important community initiatives like this,' he said.

Having met in Gaynor's Pub to rid themselves of their burgeoning facial hair the players were then presented with a set of new jerseys by sponsor, Roger Doyle Building and Carpentry Contractors Ltd.

'I'm with the club almost 25 years now,' said Roger. 'Sponsoring the new jerseys was my way of putting something back into the club, because, to be quite honest with you, I would have been lost without it.

'Training has always been somewhere I could go twice a week and just leave your worries behind.

The fundraiser we had for mental health was our way of showing that we support the whole community.'

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