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How would like your own wee Michael O'Neill to help raise money for charity?

Imagine the Scottish FA had known they could get their own Michael O'Neill for a fiver...

You can get your own Wee MON.
You can get your own Wee MON.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Nobody to chat football with in your office? You can solve that issue right away by nabbing your very own Wee Michael O'Neill.

The London Northern Ireland Supporters Club are selling mini figures of the Northern Ireland manager in order to raise money for 20 community charities across NI.*

For a minimum donation of just £5 each (plus postage), the GAWA exiles are hoping to sell enough Michael O'Neills to raise £10,000.

“My family and I found it very amusing when we were presented with one of the little figures," said Michael himself. "It’s great to think that something small has the potential to help raise such a large amount for local charities."

Not your normal fundraising initiative, London NISC chairman Neal Anderson explained that bulk buying resulted in a surplus of MONs, giving birth to the idea.

“The club brings together 200 NI fans from across London and SE England and we always try to do something creative for our annual membership pack," he said. "This year we came up with the idea of the ‘Wee MON’. It was originally intended only for our members, but the sizable minimum order quantity from the supplier meant we ended up with a few spares.

“The London NISC regularly raises funds for good causes back home, like our Euro 2016 single ‘Making our Way to Paris'. As the club has already covered the costs of making the Wee MONs, we thought why not donate all proceeds from the spares to charity.

“Reflecting the size of the mini figure, we also wanted to help smaller organisations where the funds will make a genuine difference to local communities. Our members have nominated twenty charities across Northern Ireland.”

To get yours, visit Be quick, 35% have been sold already.

*The charities are:

- The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust

- Sandelford School, Coleraine

- Portstewart Community Association

- South East Fermanagh Foundation, Lisnaskea

- NI Children to Lapland Trust (NI wide)

- East Belfast Community Counselling

- Caring Breaks (NI wide)

- Oxford Bulls FC, Londonderry

- Positive Futures (NI wide)

- Homeless Belfast

- Public Initiative for the Prevention of Suicide & Self-harm

- Buddy Bear Trust, Dungannon

- Women's Aid NI (NI wide)

- Huntington's Disease Association NI

- The Mary Peters Trust

- Lighthouse, North Belfast

- Storehouse North Down

- Portadown Cares

- Compass Advocacy Network, Ballymoney

- Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke

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