What started with a cheeky tweet, will end with a sea of men in mankinis running through the streets of Belfast.
Before Northern Ireland began their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, Belfast-born TV and Radio presenter Colin Murray, playfully tweeted…
If Northern Ireland qualify for Euro 2016 I'll run thru Belfast city centre in a green mankini. Without any shame whatsoever. #Euro2016Draw
— colin murray (@ColinMurray) February 23, 2014
The rest is history.
On Boxing Day, at 8.30am, talkSPORT presenter and Northern Ireland fan Colin Murray will make a circuit of Belfast City Centre decked out in a green mankini and he’s looking for 100 fellow Ulstermen and women to ‘stand up’ beside him.
He said: “I had two options. To do it at 4am on my own like a coward or pull on that mankini loud and proud!”
In the first few hours of making the event public Colin was buoyed by a few sign ups…
— colin murray (@ColinMurray) December 10, 2015
He continued: “I’ve been involved with Football for All for ages and this is a chance to raise some serious cash. I’m buzzing that we qualified and I’m hellbent on turning my stupid tweet into an amazing event.
“And ladies, I’m afraid you aren’t safe either. I’m asking men to wear mankinis and women can join in too in a green bikini or swimsuit.”
Colin also hopes that he’ll not be the only familiar face on Boxing Day.
He said: “I already have a famous musical son from Northern Ireland signed up but I’m coming for them all. Frampton! Wheeler! Lightbody! Gillespie! Healy! Don’t you dare avoid my calls!”
The cause? Frame Football in Northern Ireland, which will bring children with physical disabilities together to play an adapted game that suits their needs. The money donated will go straight to where its needed.
If you wish to take part and join Colin in celebration of Northern Ireland’s qualification for EURO 2016, please click here to fill out the sign up form.
If you would like to make a donation to Frame Football, please click here to visit Colin’s JustGiving page.
Should you need a mankinis for the event here is one of the sites where they’re available.
While it would be great if all those tooking part looked like this…
We’ve a feeling it’s going to look a bit more like this…