In a coffee shop sometime around 2007, Paul Cox and I laid the foundation for an idea that was to grow into the gym and community we now head up.
Paul chose the name Wild Geese as a nod to the Irish warrior heritage and the fact that since the 1600′s and the emigration of Irish warriors to fight as mercenaries in any Army fighting the English, the title has become synonymous with the romantic notion of the mercenary.
While researching our chosen name a particular piece of poetry kept cropping up, a piece called “With the Wild Geese” by Emily Lawless which closes with the following lines:
War-battered dogs are we,
Fighters in every clime;
Fillers of trench and of grave,
Mockers bemocked by time.
War-dogs hungry and grey,
Gnawing a naked bone,
Fighters in every clime
Every cause but our own
It’s the last line that especially stands out to us.
While we are not military men, we have on many occasions put ourselves in the service of others or taken on challenges for no personal gain. I think this is called altruism or charity work. We just do as it’s part of what we do.
This weekend myself and several of my regular Kettlebell crew and several other crews around Ireland will by taking on a challenge for a cause.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have heard of the devastation in the Philippines caused by Hurricane Yolanda. Yolanda brought some of the fastest winds ever to make landfall, entire Islands have been decimated, thousands of people lost their lives and thousands more are mourning lost loved ones and wondering how they can rebuild their lives.
So we are trying to help.
We are all taking on a 1 hour Long Cycle challenge this Saturday Nov 23rd at 12noon.
This means we will each clean & jerk a kettlebell continuously for an hour with no breaks.
All monies raised will be sent down to Gan Power of Tramore Kettlebell Club, he and his wife, a Filipino native, will be taking the cash over in December and handing it personally to the people who know what to do with it. No red tape, no wage bills or taxes. The cash goes direct to the target.
All I’m asking from you is to donate.
- Drop into WG-Fit or any other participating gym around Ireland and drop cash in the bucket there.
- Use the following account details to make a donation:
Account Name: Red Cross Leyte Chapter
Bank Account No: 280-800-3004
BDO-Justice Romualdez, Tacloban City Leyte
For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number.
We have an event page on facebook, click here to visit it.
Every Cause But Our Own
We may suffer for an hour as we struggle against the Iron, but we have families and warm beds to go home to afterwards. The people we are trying to help have non of this. Maybe, just maybe, your donation will give some hope.