A fun and light-hearted event led to a substantial donation earlier this week when Brian Holland from Bray in Co. Wicklow shaved his long held beard and donated the sum of €1552.50 to the RNLI
A fun and light-hearted event led to a substantial donation earlier this week when Brian Holland from Bray in Co. Wicklow shaved his long held beard and donated the sum of €1552.50 to the RNLI .
'Brian's Beard Off' took place at Murray's Doonmore Hotel on Inishbofin Island last Tuesday evening (June 25th) with a great crowd in attendance and the facial hair trimming was also live-streamed on facebook.
On the following morning, Brian took the Inishbofin ferry into Cleggan and then travelled into the Clifden RNLI Station, where he presented €780 of the total funds raised to the volunteer crew members John Heffernan, Colin Snow and Clifden RNLI Station Mechanic Thomas Davis.
Finishing up his fantastic fundraiser, Brian said "I just met the crew from the Clifden Lifeboats and handed over a total of €1552.50 to their organization who patrols our waters and keep us safe. I want to thank everyone who contributed to the RNLI from Bray, Clifden, Cleggan and most importantly, Inishbofin. Thank you to everyone who supported us from all over the world".
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