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Balbriggan Coaches Fundraiser

DiabtetesIrelandPictured: (back row) David Byrne, Declan Bagnall, Frank Forde, Mark Higgins, Derek Woods, Dan Byrne, Dave Worthington, Tom Quigley. (front row) Derek Grehan, Peter Monks, Tony Byrne, Ray Kelly, Richie Barrett, Warren Murray, James Cleary . (very front) Jake Monks

A group of inspiring coaches from Balbriggan FC have decided to come together and lose weight for Diabetes Ireland. They originally came together to get fit and they set their target of losing 100lbs collectively over the course of eight weeks. Then they had the idea of running a bootcamp, so that others could get involved and stay healthy. The upshot of this is that the dedicated group of coaches have lost a combined weight of 201lbs, which was twice their original target of 100lbs, raising an impressive E2,700 in the process.

Inspiration struck father and coach, Peter Monks to raise money for Diabetes Ireland, as his son, Jake Monks, was recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and it seemed the perfect opportunity to show support the charity. Jake is now a National Diabetes Cup Type 1 soccer star, the inspiration behind the fundraising and was even on hand to present the fundraising cheque of E2,700 to a Diabetes Ireland representative on the day. Speaking to the County Leader, a representative of Diabetes Ireland said, “It’s fantastic to hear what the group got in terms of health awareness, exercise, club spirit and camaraderie from their efforts. A feel good Sunday afternoon and certainly a win-win for all concerned.” To find out more about Diabetes Ireland visit their website discover tips on prevention, pregnancy and find locations of fundraising events near you.