Limerick’s weight-loss champions shed a whopping 23 stone for charity

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Limerick’s weight-loss champions shed a whopping 23 stone for charity
A GROUP of 15 men are feeling 23 stone lighter this week after successfully completing a 15-week weight-loss programme which has raised a whopping €25,000 for 15 charities.

A GROUP of 15 men are feeling 23 stone lighter this week after successfully completing a 15-week weight-loss programme which has raised a whopping €25,000 for 15 charities.

On New Year’s Day, 15 members of the Cycle 4 Sick Children charity signed up to the Pounds 4 Euros Charity Weight Loss programme.

Each member had an individual weight-loss target and took part in a weigh-in each month to monitor their progress.

“Between us, we have lost just over 23 stone, four pounds. We have just over €25,000 at the moment raised - it’s massive. It snowballed really in the last week and a half,” explained Liam Mulcahy, founder of the charity Cycle 4 Sick Children.

The Kilmallock native who now lives in Rhebogue came up with the idea for the charity weight-loss endeavour which has also featured on TV3’s The Morning Show.

“The big thing was everyone reached the €1,000 for their own charity,” Liam remarked. “The goal was €15,000 but we said we had to be realistic too - some lads could raise millions and other lads mightn’t raise a fiver. But if fairness, there was a great effort made.”

While he admits the journey was “emotional” requiring huge mental and physical strength, the end result has made it all worth while.

“The lads really went beyond the call of duty. Before this, some of them hardly knew what a pair of runners were. There were eight of us from Kilmallock, out of the 15, which was great. James Mulcahy lost just over five stone. We took part in adventure races, runs and cycles. We hit it at the right time - through February, March and April - it is always busy with cycles,” he said.

Their progress was being monitored by Coliseum Sports Nutrition in Newcastle West where the final weigh-in took place on Sunday.

“It was great to do it as a group. We were lucky that nearly every week there was something on,” continued Liam who lost just short of two stone himself.

Such has been his progress on the running track that he has signed himself up for the Dublin City Marathon.

“It’s something I would have never been able to do before,” he said.

His hope now is that his fellow weight-loss team members will maintain their active lifestyle and keep their trainers on the go!

“Obviously, now they deserve a break because it was very intense but there are no excuses,” he said.

Those taking part with Liam included John Webb O’Rourke, John Mike Manning, Dermot Cahill, Ger O’Donoghue, James Mulcahy and Sean O’Sullivan all from Kilmallock, Timmy Hanley, Kilfinane, Ger Hourigan, Dooradoyle, Pat Culligan, Ray O’Mahony and Ed O’ Mahony from Limerick city, John Cusack, Clarina, John McCarthy from Bansha and Fionn O’Sullivan from Roscrea.

Cycle 4 Sick Children was founded by Liam Mulcahy and his wife Stacey whose six-year-old daughter, Sophie, suffers from a rare condition called 1q43.

Sophie has battled through an amazing six open heart operations and suffered numerous setbacks such as lung and kidney failure.

“She is doing great now. Once she stays healthy – that’s the main thing,” said Liam.

The aim of the charity is to help to raise funds to assist children with severe neuro disabilities. The charity also provides assistance for the parents of these children by raising funds for nursing and respite care.

For more on the C4SC Pounds for Euros campaign seewww.cycle4sickchildren.com.