Twenty eight men take on hairy challenge to raise funds for Circle of Friends


A great group of gentlemen have come together to raise funds for the Circle of Friends Cancer Support Centre, Tipperary town.

The group consists of twenty-eight men who have agreed to grow their beard until March 16th to raise money for this local worthy cause.

The Shavathon fundraiser has been organised by locals Johnny and Judy O’Brien and Circle of Friends Cancer Support Centre would like to send a special thanks to all those involved including Johnny O’Brien, Philip O’Doherty Snr, Philip O’Doherty Jnr, John Joe O’Brien, Pat Connelly, Niall Callaghan, Declan O’Brien, Thomas Sheridan, Liam Kiely, Mark Kiely, Michael O’Connor, Jimmy Power, Shane Ryan, Pat Jones, Billy Reardon, Pat O’Brien, Enda O’Sullivan, Paudie Heffernan, Eamonn O Doherty, Eoin Riordan, Michael Toomey, Vincent O Neill, Neil Butler, Denny Ahern, Lorcan Ryan, Michael Cavanagh, Mickey Hickey and Liam Ryan-Rookie.

Each of the men has a sponsorship card and would be very grateful for any support received.

Leading up to the finale two fundraising nights will take place in the Hideout Bar, Sologhead on Saturday, February 13, from 9.30pm with music by Jackie Hartnett and a second night takes place at The Bit and Bridle Bar, Limerick Junction Saturday, February 27th from 9.30 with music by Freedom.

All proceeds will go towards the continued development of Circle of Friends Cancer Support Centre in Tipperary Town. The Circle of Friends Cancer Support has been in operation since December 2013 and has since gone from strength-to-strength and now services a larger catchment area including South Tipperary, East Limerick and North Cork. All services and supports are free of charge and demand has grown since their doors opened in 2013. Services offered include complimentary therapies, support groups, art and craft classes, dance classes, yoga and now plans are underway to build a purpose built centre which will meet all the needs of current individuals attending the centre as well as future service users.

The Shavathon grand finale takes place in Jimmy Whites Bar, Bohertrime Cross on Wednesday, March 16th from 9pm with entertainment by Willie Bun. Auction and raffle will take place on the night.

If you wish to support this worthy fundraiser you can do so by sponsoring one of the participants, visiting the Shavathon Fundraiser Facebook page or by calling Circle of Friends on 087 341260.