Coin pyramid challenge for children’s hospice

A unique fund-raising project that could also turn out to be a Guinness World Record attempt is starting in Cahir next week.

A unique fund-raising project that could also turn out to be a Guinness World Record attempt is starting in Cahir next week.

On December 1 work will start at building a pyramid, to be built entirely from 100,000 5c coins!

The project is a fund raiser for the LauraLynn Children’s Hospice and will get underway at Cahir’s ‘The Big 1’ indoor market.

The brain child behind the exciting fund-raising project is John McHugh, who will be building alongside Josephine Casey and Mary O’Halloran.

They are asking for your help to provide the ‘building material,’ that is the 5c coins! There are drop off points in every town in South Tipp, or you can drop in to see the builders at work and give your donation. John is urging you to empty that coin jar, you’ll be surprised how much is in there and can make a difference in the lives of some very sick little children this Christmas.

The drop off points for your coins are: Jones Super Valu in Clonmel, John Quirke jewellers in Cahir, O’Dwyer pharmacy in Cashel, Noonan Autofactors and CarTech in Tipperary Town.

If you don’t have a stash of coppers then don’t worry, John says some of the local banks have agreed to change other denominations of coins and, of course, paper money, into 5c coins at no commission.

The Santa Village at ‘The Big 1’ opens its doors on December 1 and will be open every day in the run up to Christmas. John and his builders can be seen hard at work every day until the pyramid is complete, if you want to drop in, make a donation and cheer them on.

A pyramid of this kind has never been built in Ireland before, and, according to John, it has been attempted in the UK with pennies