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New world record title for Keady

John Hooks

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John Hooks

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john.hooks@ulstergazette.co.uk

KEADY holds a new world record.

Last Sunday an incredible 2,230 people turned out to take part in the Maca-Breda event in memory of Keady woman Breda McAtavey, who passed away last August after a long battle with bowel cancer.

Keady snatched the world record title from Eggbuckland Community College in Plymouth. The English school earned their place in the record books when 2,219 participants did the cult '90s dance for five minutes and 36 seconds.

Sinn Fein councillor, Darren McNally, who was a stewart at Sunday’s event but still joined in with a few dance moves, described the fundraiser as a brilliant community event.

“For me the biggest sucess on the day was the amount of money collected for Cancer Research,” said Mr McNally. “To raise “22,076.89p is a fantastic achievement and all credit must go to the McAtavey family and the organising committee.

“Breda was so well known in the Keady community and it was fantastic that so many people came out to support this event. It is nice that the world record was achieved but the money raised for Cancer Research and the support the community have shown towards Breda’s family is outstanding.

“The community really bought into this event and came out in large numbers to support it. It is incredible to think that the money raised was double the amount raised at the Rock the Boat event.”

The town’s last record bid was the Rock the Boat event which saw 2,515 people gather in the centre of Keady for the fundraiser which raised £11,000.

Breda’s family were determined to carry on her fundraising legacy.

Speaking before last week’s record attempt Breda’s son Ryan said “We can’t let her good work end, we have to keep it going.

"She was never happier than when she was running these foolish events and raising bucket-loads of cash for a good cause.

"Like most things, she took the cancer with humour and, as hard as it was to watch in the end, it was the only way she had to go, with the people she loved by her side.

"There isn't anyone on the planet who had the enthusiasm, passion or determination mum had.”

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