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DONATION: Annette O'Brien presented €5,424 to Con O'Connor, Funding & Advocacy Coordinator South West, Pieta House.

By Michelle Crean

A local make-up artist has been "blown away" by the incredible support for her most recent fundraiser.
Annette O’Brien hosted an online beauty workshop to raise funds for Pieta House.

She has since presented a total of €5,424 raised over two years, to Con O'Connor, Funding & Advocacy Coordinator South West, Pieta House.

Last year during lockdown she set up an online make-up tutorial class for Pieta House raising a total of €2,400.
This year she wanted to raise money again and did so by joining forces with two fellow Cork ladies, a hair expert, Audrey Cashman from Upstyle Junkie and Skin Expert Sherna Malone, and they raised €3,024.

"We filmed hair, make-up and skincare tutorials and made them available to anyone who donated €15 to Pieta House," Annette told the Killarney Advertiser.

"All proceeds from ticket sales went to the charity. The tutorials went live on May 8 which coincided with the Darkness Into Light walk. I also did the walk that morning."

She explained that she feels Pieta House is an amazing charity, especially during this pandemic.

"The support they offer for anyone who needs it is life-changing. I have close friends who have lost loved ones and I see the amount of work Pieta House does for families after someone passes away through suicide. When it affects some of your friends, it's nice then to give something back to charity even if it's through your work. I am blown away by the donations and support. I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who bought a ticket and hope you enjoyed the beauty tutorials. A very special thank you to both Audrey and Sherna who gave their free time to do this also."

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The tax you’re really paying for your health

By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness With the budget just squared away, there’s always an air of “how did I do out of it?” In Ireland, we enjoy a public healthcare system which is touted to become a universal healthcare system. Maybe “enjoy” is the wrong word. We have it, and we use it, and, […]

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

With the budget just squared away, there’s always an air of “how did I do out of it?”

In Ireland, we enjoy a public healthcare system which is touted to become a universal healthcare system. Maybe “enjoy” is the wrong word.

We have it, and we use it, and, of course we pay for it. We justify the constant ratcheting-up of our tax burden to pay for rising health-care costs. That tax is on our wallets.

We also pay another type of tax: When we’re unhealthy, we don’t get to do the things we like. When we’re overweight, we don’t always say “YES!” when our kids ask to go to the swimming pool.
When we’re unfit, we don’t take our buddy’s invitation for a weekend hiking and camping trip. We can’t start jogging because our knees hurt; can’t lift weights because our back hurts; can’t cut down calories because we feel we need the energy.

Those things are taxes. Physical taxes, but they’re not the worst taxes we pay.

The worst tax we pay is the mental tax.

When we’re self-conscious about our fitness or health, we don’t want to start exercising. We don’t want to look dumb or fail.

We don’t want to start a new lifestyle because our families will say “good for you”, because they know we need it, or they’ll say “you don’t need that …” and lie. Or they’ll roll their eyes because they know we’ve failed before.

When we’ve been away from the gym for four months, we don’t want to do that first workout because we’re going to be last. It’s going to suck and we might get embarrassed.

SELF IMPOSED TAX

The Government makes us pay financial tax, but the other two – physical and mental – are self-imposed.

No one cares if you’re slow.

No one cares if you finish last.

No one cares if you blow your nutrition this week and have to start all over again.

You’d stop caring about what others thought about you if you realised how rarely they actually do.

Everyone thinks about themselves, mostly. That’s the tax they’re paying – and most of us overpay.

We’re taxed enough. Stop worrying about what you look like and start caring about what makes you feel good.

If you’d like to start taking steps in the right direction with your health and fitness, call in for a free consultation with us at Activate. Visit www.activate.ie/free-intro for more information.

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Tractor run raises €500 for charity

By Sean Moriarty Members of Killarney Valley Vintage and Classic Club raised €500 for the Kerry Mental Health Association during their first tractor run since April 2019. 30 tractors took part on Sunday including two rare Ford 3000s from 1974 and an even rarer Zetor Crystal from 1980. Departing from the club’s new ‘Vintage Shed’ […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Members of Killarney Valley Vintage and Classic Club raised €500 for the Kerry Mental Health Association during their first tractor run since April 2019.

30 tractors took part on Sunday including two rare Ford 3000s from 1974 and an even rarer Zetor Crystal from 1980.

Departing from the club’s new ‘Vintage Shed’ on Lewis Road, the convoy travelled to the communications mast near Coolick in Kilcummin, where participants enjoyed views of the wider Castleisland district and Killarney Valley.

“Some of the drivers were never up there before and they were amazed with the views across the two valleys,” organiser Tom Leslie told the Killarney Advertiser.

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