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On your bike for Eoghan’s Spinathon

A fifth year pupil in St. Joseph’s High School in Crossmaglen has been praised for his initiative in personally organising and implementing a fundraising Spinathon in aid of charity.

Eoghan McMahon will host the Spinathon in the school this Saturday 1st April to raise money for the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and the Camps International Humanitarian Project in Kenya.

Despite the heavy demands of his GCSE studies, the teenager has thrown himself wholeheartedly into the enterprise and has already secured significant support in sponsorship from local businesses and individuals.

Next year Eoghan (15) will travel to Kenya as part of the Camps International Humanitarian Project, where he will visit underprivileged areas and work on projects which transform communities and help them overcome significant issues they face including access to clean water, education and housing.  To assist with this trip, he must raise several thousand pounds to cover costs and the Spinathon forms part of his fundraising efforts.

Alongside this, Eoghan chose the KBRT as a beneficiary of the Spinathon in appreciation of the assistance the charity gave to his family when his relative, Eamon Bennett Jnr (Mullaghbawn and Kilcurry) died suddenly in Canada in November last year.  The Trust was instrumental in repatriating Eamon’s remains to his family for burial and Eoghan said his bereaved family were overwhelmed with the support offered by KBRT at such a difficult time.

Having garnered the support of the school community and with local star Oisin McConville endorsing the event, Eoghan is encouraging members of the public to come along on Saturday and join in to help raise funds for these two worthy causes.

Anyone wishing to take part in the Spinathon can email Eoghan at or visit the facebook page @kenyaandkevinbellfundraiser.

All donations will be much appreciated and can be made on the day or by visiting the Facebook page:

@kenyaandkevinbellfundraiser and clicking ‘donate’.

Eoghan takes this opportunity to thank those who have contributed to date: McNamee’s Butchers, Crossmaglen; Creggan Farm Supplies; Marios Take-Away; PC Engineering; Hanratty’s Bar; Crossmaglen Livestock Sales; Murtagh’s Bar and Guesthouse; Flo-Gas; McMahon Associates; A.B.R.; McKinley Motors; Donnelly Fuels; O’Cathalain Menswear; Town and Country Dry Cleaners; Watters Electrical; IJM Timber Engineering; Feeney Print; Valuland; Hanratty Jewellers; Shorts Sports and Bureau De Change; VADA:K Women’s Wear; Michael McArdle & Son Estate Agents and Valuers; Cumiskey’s Music Store; Tír na nÓg Hair, Beauty & Barber; Couture Grandeur; McEntee’s; Primepac; Carville Consultancy Chartered Accountants.