Mark O’Sullivan’s Spinathon a Massive Success for Cian’s Care Ahead of Sunday’s Mad Match Fundraiser in Mogeely

By Alan Sheehan

Mc Fanta and Kian Twomey.

Mark O’Sullivan’s five hour Spinathon raised over €5,000 for Cian’s Care last Saturday, 27 May.
Outside the courthouse in Midleton Mr O’Sullivan, better known as Fanta, cycled 117 miles, or just over 188 kilometres, on a stationary bike whilst wearing full firefighter’s turnout gear.
“We are still waiting on money and sponsorship cards to come back,” said Mr O’Sullivan, “but so far it looks to have raised over €5,000 for the day. The crowd was huge and the support was great. Cian and all of his family were there; it was an emotional day. It was a tough challenge; about 117 miles were done in the five hours and my knees and ankles are all cut from the firefighter’s suit, but it was well worth it for Cian.”
During the five hour event Mr O’Sullivan was joined by performances from Midleton’s Studio D dancers, Lifetime Martial Arts and Billie-Jean Sargent’s Rhythm Dance Company who each performed for an hour apiece. DJ Killian O’Reilly played music for the entire event.
“I have to give a huge thank you to the public,” said Mr O’Sullivan, “and I’d also like to thank Robert Daly and the paramedics for being there and Chubby Connors too, who was by my side as well. I need to thank my wife and kids because I was off training a lot for this. I have to thank the fantastic committee as well as the Midleton Fire Brigade as Mark Sinclair and his crew for coming along and hosing me down afterwards. And again I have to say thank you for the support and generosity of the people for making the event such a success in aid of Cian.”
The next big fundraiser for Cian’s Care is set for this Sunday, 4 June in Mogeely. The Mad Match fundraiser will see two teams representing the Sportsman’s Inn or the Imokilly Tavern compete in a soccer match at Mogeely Pitch from 4pm.
A night of entertainment at the Sportsman’s Inn will follow the match, including the members of losing pub’s team undergoing either a head shave or a leg waxing. The night will feature music from Billy Cusack and the Two Dan’s along with a raffle and an auction.
Cian’s Care is a trust set up to fundraiser for Cian Twomey, an 18-year-old student from Ballinacurra who was diagnosed with paraganglioma, a rare form of cancer, and must seek specialised radiation treatment abroad. Currently the trust has raised approximately €16,000 of its €65,000 goal.
More information on Cian’s condition can be found at or the Cians Care Facebook page, and a GoFundMe page has been set up under the title Cians Care.