Hairy moments in the Bunker help hospital
A spur of the moment decision not to get a hair cut for a year, led to a charity head and beard shave in the Bunker Bar recently, which raised €2,677.50 for the Friends of Gorey District Hospital. Proceeds of the night were handed over to the Friends recently, by some of those involved.
The idea for the event was cooked up by Jim Donohoe and his friend Mick Doyle, with encouragement from proprietor Jonathan Humphreys. ‘On his birthday on October 9, 2016, Jim told me he wouldn’t get his hair cut for a year, and he would do it for charity,’ explained Mick. ‘I said I’d cut it for him, and we put a tenner each in a jar, and we also got sponsorship cards.’
He said that the customers from the Bunker were ‘outstanding’ in their support, so much so, that Jim was joined on the sharp end of Mick’s razor by fellow customers Ben Weekes, Tom Poole, and Brian Poole, who got their heads shaved, and Kieran Breen and Harry O’Doherty who got their beards shaved.
Mick said that they were absolutely delighted with the amount raised and thanked sponsors: Lorcan Byrne Interiors; Pettitt’s SuperValu, Gorey; Heiton Buckley, Gorey; and Arklow Building Supplies. Thanks too went to Phil Breen for helping organise the night; Marie Doyle for the posters; management and staff of the Bunker; Lone Star for the music; all who donated; bought raffle prizes; and supported the auction for two loads of timber donated by Charlie and Frank Jackson and a Lorcan Byrne voucher.
Pictured in the Bunker Bar were: Front, FGDH chairperson Patricia Masterson, Phil Breen and Eileen Stafford, treasurer. Back, Jim Donohoe, proprietor Jonathan Humphreys, and Mick Doyle.