North Social men turn pink for fundraiser


PINK was the theme on Saturday as five men dressed in women’s clothing and micro-scooted around the island. The North Social Club members travelled 24 and a half miles, taking it in turns to micro-scoot. It was all in aid of the Pink Ladies.

‘No one has really done it before so we thought we would give it a go,’ said Martin Hockey, 41, who came up with the idea to do the fundraiser. ‘The Pink Ladies was one of our chosen charities to support this year because a lot of us know someone who has had breast cancer.
‘It’s quite unusual for men to do something for a women’s charity but we wanted to support them.’

Two of the men, Mr Hockey and Matt Martel, 30, started on the micro-scooters, while Nigel Mahy, 55, and Darren Fox, 45, began on bicycles. They each took it to turn to micro-scoot. There was also a support car, with coach Mick Murphy in it and Brian McKane, who also took his turn to ride a bicycle.
The men estimated that it would take them five or six hours.
‘We’re starting from here [The North Social Club on the Bridge] and will make our way into Town around the coast,’ said Mr Hockey.
‘We’ll go along the main road in St Martin’s and will follow the coast around the rest of the way. ‘Going up Le Val des Terres is going to be hard and down the hill at L’Eree because I don’t have any brakes on my scooter.’
The club members stopped off at various pubs and establishments with their collection buckets.

They were tying-in the fundraiser with their annual 24-hour snooker marathon, which will take place at the end of the month. They will also be holding a raffle.
Mr Murphy said last year the club raised £6,500 and he was hoping to raise a similar amount this year.

To donate a prize for the raffle, contact the North Social Club on 247203.

The photograph shows North Social Club members on micro scooters and bicycles on Saturday for an around-island fundraiser in aid of the Pink Ladies support group. Left to right are Matt Martel, Darren Fox, Martin Hockey, Nigel Mahy, Brian McKane and Mick Murphy.     (Picture by Tom Tardif, 1263148)

Article courtesy of the Guernsey Press 7/8/2012

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