Hunt for the Hunk in aid of Charis charity

THE hunt is on for Mid Ulster’s Biggest Hunk and the final is this Friday night at Sense nightclub in Cookstown.

Ten of the sexiest local men are geared up to entertain the crowds all in aid of charity.

Heats have been taking place in Mulligan’s Bar and Sense but the final 10 are to perform party pieces at a special fund-raising night this Friday.

Hosted by Cookstown’s own Jimmy Cowan and stand-up comedy by Cormac Cookie O’Donnell, the crowd are guaranteed a great night’s craic.

And it’s all been organised by local woman Heather Mulligan who is on a challenge to raise vital funds for Charis Integrated Cancer Care.

Mum-of-four Heather has been personally affected by cancer and set herself the challenge to raise £20,000 within two months for the purpose-designed haven for cancer sufferers.

Heather’s eldest son Stephen was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma aged just 17 and, while he has fully recovered, she knows the heartbreak of cancer. She also lost her own mother and brother-in-law to cancer.

This dymanic Cookstown woman has garnered a team of enthusiastic volunteers and the push is on to raise the cash before November 5.

One of Tantalising Ten hunks in Friday night’s competition is 22-year-old waiter Padraig McElhatton who works at Cookstown’s Greenvale Hotel.

Padraig knows only too well the tragedy of cancer having watched his aunt Kitty and his grandmother Philomena go through it.

He had no hesitation in signing up for the Hunt for the Hunks competition. “I am very passionate about the cause,” he said.

“I don’t keep fit but I am fit enough to win this competition,” he said enthusiastically.

Jockey duo Mark Reid and James Bleeks, who have already stunned the crowds in Mulligans with their knockout performances, are also in it to win it. “We’re doing it to raise money for the charity and for a good laugh,” said James.

Kyran Devlin from Greenacres in Cookstown said he was doing it for ‘a bit of craic’ as did 28-year-old housing officer Joe Donnelly from Galbally.

Fearghal O’Neill from Stewartstown is a personal trainer with LA Fitness. This buff 20-year-old said his girlfriend put him up for it adding. “It’s a charity close to my heart.”

Joe Donnelly who works for Advanced Cryo Care gym and sports rehab centre, said his girlfiend also put him up for it. “She thought I had a great body.”

However 28-year-old Reamonn Gourley from Moveagh said he was forced into it but didn’t mind getting involved because it was for a great cause.

Tickets for the event are available at the Glenavon or Mulligans Bar Tel: 07738591502 to reserve your tickets.

Further details on Charis can be found from their website -

You can also donate to Heather’s Lady of the Lough Challenge for Charis by going to Mulligan’s Page Facebook Page and clicking the link there or going directly to