‘Shy’ guys to lose weight with eyes of the nation looking on

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

IT’S the time of year to shed those extra pounds and for one group of Limerick men, there will be no escaping the scales – they are to take part in a weight loss challenge with the eyes of the nation looking on.

IT’S the time of year to shed those extra pounds and for one group of Limerick men, there will be no escaping the scales – they are to take part in a weight loss challenge with the eyes of the nation looking on.

On New Year’s Day, 15 members of the Cycle 4 Sick Children charity signed up a 15-week weight loss programme in aid of for 15 different charities.

As part of the club’s Pounds 4 Euros Charity Weight Loss programme, each of the participants will perform a monthly weigh-in.

Each member has an individual weight loss target and are aiming to raise as much money as they can for the charity of their choice.

“We would love if everyone could raise €1,000 each but we can’t guarantee that. Whatever comes in will go into our account and we will split it 15 ways,” explained Liam Mulcahy, founder of the charity Cycle 4 Sick Children.

“Most of them are hoping to lose around two stone within the 15 weeks. Their progress is being monitored by Coliseum Sports Nutrition in Newcastle West,” he added.

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 group will feature on the show half way through the challenge and feature again for the final update at the end.

“It’s going great now,” said Liam. “A lot of the lads were a bit shy about taking part at the start. We weighed in back in Newcastle West before the new year and for a lot of the lads it was a shock when they saw their weight in black and white. In fairness, a lot of the lads are sticking to the programme. You would see the lads running around the town now and they are like local celebs.”

One of the first big challenges the group will tackle is a five mile run around Kilmallock on Saturday, January 26 in aid of the town’s new primary school.

“That is the first big target for the lads – they are really gearing towards that. Laochra Sports Gear are sponsoring the training gear for the programme,” said Liam.

Those taking part with Liam include 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.

Cyle 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.

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