Foreglen GAC are hoping “moos” of their latest fundraiser will pull in thousands of pounds for the Foyle Hospice. O’Brien’s GAC want to milk their charity cow pull challenge for all its worth and promise a “great day’s craic” for those brave enough to get involved.
“People will be thinking those people in the Foreglen are crazy, pulling cows, but that’s what we want; people chatting about it and helping raise money for a great cause,” chairman Greg McLaughlin told the ‘Journal.’
Two fine beasts have been lined up for the cow pull, taking place on June 9 from 10.30am from the clubhouse. Teams of ten, or individuals can take part and, so far, a few hardy souls from Dungiven and Garvagh have signed up. The two Charolais cattle weigh in at 600 kilos each, and will take it in turns to be pulled the 10-mile round trip between Foreglen and Dungiven.
Remaining tight-lipped on just what kind of vessel the animals will be transported on, Greg says: “That would be giving the game away, but they’ll be well looked after, better than me even, and they’ll have a nice bed of straw and nuts in front of them. It should be a really good day’s craic, and it’s for a great cause at the same time.” The club hope with as many bodies taking part, the speedier the turnaround will be, almost relay style.
Among those rolling up their sleeves is local councillor, Tony McCaul who’ll be positioning himself at the back of the line “in case the cow takes off and I can let go of the rope.”
He isn’t doing any special training for the day, “just relying on my natural fitness”, he joked.
“In all seriousness, it’s a great way to get the community together and raise some funds for a great charity,” he said.
Greg agrees, and stresses the event is also about remembering those who have passed away and who had been helped by the Hospice including, Geraldine McFeeley and Damien Farren, both from the Foreglen.
“Foyle Hospice does amazing work and this is our way of giving back,” says Greg, adding: “It’s something different, a bit crazy, but a good crazy.”
The day will be rounded off with a barbecue. There will be another charity football event on July 14. For information on either event call 07737965779.