Community participation in a 24-hour Spinathon organised by a local Men on the Move group raised €1,560 for the St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre last weekend.
The event saw participants from 4 to 64 pedalling to a lively mix of tunes on a dozen stationary bikes beneath a marquee at the foot of St. Johnston Main Street.
“People of Carrigans and St. Johnston, you’re magic,” said Men on the Move member Declan McFarland, as the event finished just before 7pm last Saturday.
Men on the Move is a popular exercise group for men over 35 that meets at 6.45pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the FRC gym. Group members engage in health and fitness activities together, including spinning, boxercise, circuit training, and walking.
“The resource centre has given us the use of the premises for free, so we just wanted to give something back,” said Men on the Move co-ordinator Russell Porter. “People coming and going throughout the 24 hours have made this event a success. It was a fantastic effort. I especially want to thank Neil Sweeney, who kept the wheel going as the rain was coming down at half 3 last night, and Paul Duddy, who was spinning for six or seven of the 24 hours.”
Participants donated as much as €60 to spin, while additional contributions included €250 from Mac’s Mini Mart proprietor Sean McCarron, “which was unreal,” Russell said.
The event brought a bit of joy to the area, which is reeling from the tragic death last month of 22-year-old Oisin Crawford of St. Johnston. “This is something happy, something positive in the town,” said Kathleen Rodgers, an aunt of Oisin’s.
Men on the Move paid special thanks to Shane Porter for assisting throughout the event; William Porter for providing the stationary bikes; Neil Sweeney for the marquee; DJ Scoop for music and lights; and McDaid Car Dismantlers for the electricity. St. Johnston and Carrigans FRC Management Committee Chairperson, Geraldine McNamee, thanked Men on the Move on behalf of the centre.
“We really appreciate what Men on the Move has done for the Centre,” she said. “It has been a brilliant project for all of the men involved. Thanks very, very much to them for all of their effort.”
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