OVER a hundred took part in this year’s Redemptorist slim in and raised over €12,000 for the less well off in the county and city.
The money went towards paying for 7,500 food hampers that were distributed before Christmas. Teresa Delaney, PRO of the Redemptorist Food Campaign, said they are very pleased with how this year’s event went.
“Fair play to the over a hundred who took part from all over Limerick. People are wonderful. We were very, very pleased to be holding our own. We raised the same amount last year,” said Teresa.
In the last week of October they weighed the men and women and provided them with diet sheets drawn up by a dietician.
The participants got sponsorship cards and they were back at the Redemptorists to be weighed out in the first week of December.
“They all did fantastically. As well as losing weight they managed to raise thousands. There are 12 food items in each hamper. There are no luxuries but the important basic necessities. They were delivered during Christmas week throughout the city and county for families that have come in to hard times as a result of the recession,” said Mrs Delaney, who wished to thank everyone who took part and business people, schools, corporate sector and all who contributed so generously to their campaign.
The top three men who lost weight were Pat Coughlan, Kilteely, John Lillis, Garryowen and Michael Murphy, Westbury. While Gemma O’Connor, O’Connell Avenue, Anne Murphy, Manister and Margaret Lavin, Caherdavin were the top three ladies.
Mr Coughlan, 63, lost over two stone in the month. He has been doing the slim in for over 15 years and this year his sponsorship card brought in over €150.
“I cut back on portions sizes at breakfast, dinner and supper. I cut out most of the sweet things and I did a lot of walking as well. I’d be walking 50 or 60 miles a week during the shooting season. That would pull it off you,” said Mr Coughlan.
Mr Lillis wasn’t far behind him as he lost just under two stone.
“I cut out spuds, bread, chocolate. It walked off me,” said Mr Lillis, who is also a very fit man. This was his first year doing the slim in in 30 years as he worked in England for many years. And he was back in England last Saturday night for the Munster match
“I’d say I undid some of my good work!” laughed Mr Lillis.