TWELVE men and women have been shedding pounds and raising euros for Knockane GAA Club.
The “biggest loser” (of weight) campaign is heading for its positive conclusion on St Patrick’s weekend. Chairman of the club, Larry Creamer said the volunteers - from their twenties to middle age - have shed an incredible ten stone collectively.
“They all agree that this change in their lifestyle will continue long after The Biggest Loser has ceased,” said Larry.
Each of the 12 has been collecting sponsorship and all the money will be used to help further the development of their new grounds at Sarsfield’s Cross.
But to show that it isn’t all abstinence and exercise they are planning a party to celebrate the conclusion of the biggest loser.
“Elvis is alive and he is going to be performing at the Idler Bar, Knockane on Saturday night March 15.
“The appearance of Elvis at Tom O’Donnell’s bar - himself a bit of an Elvis impersonator - will act as an appropriate finale to what has been a very successful event.
“There is no admission fee but club members will be selling raffle tickets on the night with great prizes to be won,” said Larry.
During the weight loss period the volunteers would especially like to thank dietician Karen Prendergast who gave her services free of charge to the club.
The twelve met regularly with Karen over the eight weeks who monitored each one’s progress.
Along with the Elvis night the club are also holding a music themed table quiz this Saturday night, March 8 in the Idler Bar.
“All are welcome to what should be a welcome change of format on the quiz circuit.
“Finally, a singles dart tournament will be held in the Idler on Sunday March 16 with registration from 3pm and games commencing at 4pm sharp. It will be €10 to enter and cash prizes will be presented to the winners.
“At all three upcoming events there will be tickets on sale with lots of spot prizes to be won.
By the time St Patrick’s Day arrives on Monday, March 17 all the biggest loser participants will be able to look back with great satisfaction on a very positive personal campaign, while Knockane GAA club can look forward to a very positive 2014 season with a few extra euros in its war chest,” said Larry.