Although Irish League football is currently in lockdown because of the Coronavirus crisis, Clucas and Chris Hegarty, a former Dungannon Swifts teammate have joined forces to support NHS staff.
Hegarty is now with Crusaders and set up a JustGiving Page asking for donations to Clucas’ ‘Brave The Shave’ fundraiser.
Within a matter of days, they exceeded their original goal of PS150. The total reached PS1,200 when the live donation period ended.
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Clucas said that “the generosity of people have been overwhelming to be truthful.” He also includes Derry City, Linfield, and Bristol Rovers on his former club list. It all began with some of our friends cutting our hair. I also get some stick around my receding hairline, so I said that the only way to do anything was to raise funds.
Chris set up the page, and set the goal low. We are aware that these are tough times financially for many people. But the response was amazing.
I think that we achieved the goal in just 15 minutes by sharing the message on social media, and having others share it.
We will likely keep this page up until Friday night, and we appreciate every dollar that is donated to such an important cause.
The work of the NHS volunteers and staff in caring for us through such difficult times is remarkable.
“Seeing such a greater appreciation for the NHS was one of the positives in this Coronavirus crisis. We hope that our small fundraiser will do some good.
“We’ve seen many individuals and sports clubs reach out to support one another and their communities over the past weeks. That’s really inspiring.”
Clucas, with Melissa as his helper, went under the clips on Tuesday. The video was viewed over 18,000 times on Twitter and there were comments and support messages from past Irish League players.
Clucas laughed, “I dropped to 0.5 with the clippers so it just needs to grow back.” I am slowly getting used to it, and it may help me to have a harder image to play when it returns to the game!
Although football may not be a top priority right now, we all miss it.
“Brave The Shave was a great way to have a laugh with your friends and to catch up on the games. I believe everyone will be eager to return to the camaraderie once lockdown is lifted.
We just want to say thank you for your incredible support.
To make a donation visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/christopher-hegarty
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