Movember has become a tradition in recent times, where men across the world grow sometimes questionable facial hair to raise funds for worthy causes such as testicular cancer, prostate cancer and men’s mental health. In the current world and circumstances we find ourselves in, there’s been much emphasis on the importance of mental health. Ciaron Noble catches up with Ronnie FC, a group of young men in Wicklow who raised money for the cause.
Countless groups of lads took part in the fundraising throughout the month and Ronnie FC, a group of 12 lads from Wicklow Town played their part. The Wicklow group spent the summer playing 5 a-side football, it was from there they decided to team up and raise funds for these worthy causes, as many of them felt they could relate from personal experience with some of these issues and they wanted to raise awareness of these issues within their local society.
In late October, pre their Movember challenge, they set up an Instagram page named Ronnie FC. Through the page they grew quite a following achieving over 400 followers. “Due to lockdown social media was more important than any other means of communication,” said Cathal Keegan, a member of the group.
They kept their followers updated and entertained throughout the month. They introduced each member by doing profile posts, letting their followers get an opportunity to learn a little bit of information about each participant. “We thought this would help viewers put a face to the members and also to see our own personal reason for doing Movember,” Keegan told The City.
They ran challenges throughout the month, if they reached a certain goal in fundraising they would partake in forfeits, a few of the lads dyed their hair, shaved their head, ate hot sauce and even tried to break the world-record for the fastest eaten jar of mayonnaise.
Movember has recently finished and they collectively raised €4500, a great amount that will help all the charities, and more than doubling their original €2000 target. “It felt great to make a positive contribution during such uncertain times, all of the lads are so thankful to all the support that was shown to the group,” said Keegan.