GAC charity cow pull makes plenty of ‘moos’

Some of the Foreglen team pulling the Bull from Foreglen to Dungiven and back in aid of Foyle Hospice.  (1206JB66)
Some of the Foreglen team pulling the Bull from Foreglen to Dungiven and back in aid of Foyle Hospice. (1206JB66)

Foreglen GAC hoped their latest fundraiser would pull in thousands for charity, which is exactly what it did at the weekend.

The charity cow pull organised by O’Brien’s GAC was in aid of Foyle Hospice and chairman, Greg McLaughlin told the ‘Journal’ it was one of the best day’s craic he’d had in ages.

Two fine beasts were called up for the two and a half hour event on Saturday, with almost 80 people testing their tug-o-war skills taking it in turns to pull two Charolais cattle weighing 600 kilos each, in a 10-mile round trip between Foreglen and Dungiven.

“So far we’ve raised £4,700,” he said. “Of that, £1,420 was from the street collection and money is still coming in. We believe it will be £5,000 by the time everything is in. It was a fantastic day and the sun even shone on the way for us! People giggled on their way into Dungiven and they giggled on their way back to the Foreglen. It was a very simple, enjoyable and unique way to raise money. The cows were well behaved too!”

Among those testing their muscle power on Saturday was local councillor, Tony McCaul who said it was a well organised event, which had great community support.

“It’s fantastic to see how much money was raised given the hard times we’re in. People are very generous,” he said.

When not taking part in the pull, participants enjoyed a break on board one of the buses supplied by Glenshane Coach Hire.

“Foyle Hospice does amazing work and this is our way of giving back,” added Greg, who also thanked the local PSNI neighbourhood officers for their help in making sure the day ran smoothly.

The Club will hold the second part of the charity drive for Foyle Hospice with a football event on July 14.

For information on the event call 07737965779.