Ross pulls his weight for charity

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STRONGMAN Ross McKenna squared up to a three tonne bus at the weekend in memory of his father.

The 24-year-old took to Auldhouse retail park on Saturday to pull the bus on his weight-trained shoulders to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Ross, from Mount Florida, told The Extra: “I decided to mark one year to the day when I lost my dad John to leukemia.

“I wanted to do something that would not only mark the day in a more positive way, but in a way that would benefit other families who are dealing with cancer.”

The strongman world is relatively new to Ross, as he entered his first contest earlier this year — but he’s training hard for Scotland’s Strongest Man under 90kg, a major event in next year’s calendar.

All that training is benefiting the charity too, as Ross has raised £648 and counting — surpassing his £500 target.

He added: “I wouldn’t be able to do this had it not been for the support of my family and friends, work colleagues and everyone else involved — especially Hailey’s Comet mini bus company for supplying the bus, and City Gym Glasgow for supplying the equipment and for excellent training advice.”

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Over in East Renfrewshire, the footballers of tomorrow were suited and booted for a successful charity dinner.

St Cadoc’s Youth Club held its third charity sportsman’s dinner at the Redhurst hotel in Giffnock, compered by comedian Tam Cowan and and attended by ex-referee Kenny Clark, ex-Hibernian player Tony Higgins and SFA performance director Mark Wotte — as well as guest of honour and Celtic legend Billy McNeil MBE.

A total of £20,000 was raised for various charities, including St Andrew’s Hospice, the sick children’s unit in Paisley and Bobath Scotland.

Club chairman Mark Thomson said: “This was a fantastic night. All of the speakers declined to charge a fee in support of their nominated charity which is a fantastic 

“Many thanks also to the businesses and individuals who donated fabulous prizes.”