Four Millstreet-based paramedics will “brave the shave” today (Wednesday, May 6th) to show their support for four charities.
Pat Larkin, Peter Madarasz, Padraig Healy and Domhnall Mac Aodha decided to shave their heads last month in the interests of hygiene and to help raise funds for charities who were no longer able to fundraise in the usual ways as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
A Go Fund Me page was established and each of the paramedics nominated one charity who they wanted to raise funds for namely; Cork Penny Dinners, Crumlin Children’s Hospital, Marymount Hospice and the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.
The paramedics said that “even though it is tough going on frontline services at the moment we have a lot to be thankful for and there is always someone worse off than ourselves.”
An overall target of €4,000 was set for the fundraiser, however, on the eve that they will all complete their headshaves, the paramedics have significantly exceeded this target, with more than €6,200 already raised for the charities.
Speaking to the Echo, paramedic Pat Larkin said they have been overwhelmed by the response.
“We really didn’t expect it,” Mr Larkin explained.
“It just took off and we’ve been blown away by the response. It’s given us something else to think about at the moment too.”
Mr Larkin said he believes that since the pandemic started, that people have been even more generous to causes like theirs.
"People are all thinking about helping other people," he said.
Two of the team members shaved their heads this morning, and the final two will “brave the shave” this evening.
To donate log on to https://www.gofundme.com/f/millstreet-ambulance-base-brave-the-shave?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet