ONE small village in south Donegal is facing a big loss - pounds will undoubtedly be lost but unlike the financial gurus in the City of London the residents are looking forward to taking a major hit!
Over the last few years there have been a plethora of fundraising event - practically every club and village in the county have donned the dancing shoes at the various “Strictly’s”, there has been celebrity chefs, Ready, Steady Cooks and numerous talent contests but the people of Laghey have once again come up with a novel idea which will help shed pounds and gain some Euro for their annual Laghey Blast festival.
The launch of Laghey’s Biggest Loser took place in the weighing room at Donegal Mart on Saturday last with over fifty enthusiastic volunteers all really looking forward to getting involved.
Siobhan McGowan the PRO for the festival told the Donegal Democrat, “We were looking for something new and fresh and given that there are a lot of New Year’s resolutions still floating about and a strong emphasis on obesity and weight loss, what better way to raise a few pounds than to lose a few pounds! It will make for a slim and trim and much healthier Laghey.”
Siobhan added that the choice of venue was all in the spirit of the very successful festival, “The Laghey Blast Festival is synonymous with fun and this was clearly evident when the teams took to the weighbridge at Donegal Mart. The teams of ten are made up of local ladies and gentlemen and each team will have their own fitness programme with the help of local instructors including Fitness For Life coach Enda Coyle.
This is proving to be the most competitive fundraiser yet with teams scheduled to meet on a weekly basis to choose their method of weight loss. No doubt publican John O’Carolan will now be stocking up on Coors Light and slimline tonics while Tipperary Water Rep Fergal McAllister was overheard telling his team the benefits of water.
Lough Eske Castle, are sponsoring the prize for the Biggest Losers. The new slimmer team will enjoy an afternoon in Spa Solis where they will relax in the thermal Suite and relaxation room before getting a well deserved massage.
All monies raised from this mammoth slimathon will go to a combination of local charities and the Laghey Blast Festival which takes place on the first weekend of May.