A team of mustachioed men from Markethill have been blown away by the support of their local community after they surpassed their fundraising target.
At the start of November, players from the Markethill Swifts Football Club committed to undertaking a Movember challenge in an effort to raise funds for The Cancer Fund for Children NI.
The effort involved each team member growing and sporting a moustache for the month.
Initially, they debated setting a £500 target but, with the same level of determination with which they enter their weekly matches, they decided to double it and aim to raise £1,000 in 30 days.
Each week since the commencement of the challenge the club has taken to social media to post ‘meet the team’ updates, depicting the formation of each player’s face-fuzz. They opened themselves up to a bit of light-hearted criticism with the posts, but they took it all on the chin.
The idea was simply to keep up the momentum and keep the donations rolling in.
First team manager and committee member, Philip McComb told Armagh I: “It was all really just for a bit of craic and to raise money for a good charity at the same time. We never expected to raise what we have.
“We are just extremely grateful for the support from everyone. To give this money to a great cause, it’s very much appreciated.”
At the time of writing the team have raised an impressive £1,300 through their Go Fund Me page and are expecting to line up a cheque presentation in the coming weeks with a representative for The Cancer Fund for Children NI.