Turning 60 is a milestone in any man or woman’s life but for two county Armagh friends it was a chance to do something positive for charity.
Larry McCabe and Pat McGinn, known locally as the ‘Boyz’, celebrated their 60th birthdays with a year of fundraising for the Southern Area Hospice.
Their year will culminate with the world famous Great North Run Half Marathon in Newcastle, England on Sunday, September 10,
Newry, Mourne and Down Council chairperson, councillor Roisin Mulgrew said that the charitable fundraising efforts of individuals and groups throughout the area were a credit to all involved and a true example of community spirit.
“Larry and Pat have celebrated entering into their 60s by participating in marathons and half marathons to raise much needed funds for the Southern Area Hospice,” said councillor Mulgrew.
“The two popular local men are great examples of the charitable and community spirit that exists throughout Newry, Mourne and Down, and I as Chairperson am happy and proud to support such initiatives.
“Local and national charities benefit and survive by the efforts of ordinary people and the generosity of many. These efforts are a credit to all involved and are something that we as a community should be very proud of.”
Thanking the chairperson for her support and best wishes Larry Mc Cabe said: “Our thanks to Roisin and all those who have supported our fundraising for the Southern Area Hospice.
“We’ve enjoyed the past year using our 60th Birthdays to raise money for the Hospice.
“Whilst the legs may be shorter and the stomachs bigger, our hearts are in the right place.”
Larry and Pat will be hosting one final fundraising event; a Table Quiz in The Yellow Heifer Bar and Restaurant in Camlough on Wednesday, August 30 at 9pm.
All are welcome to attend.