Hair products supremo Warren Logan, 43, the founder and CEO of Hairspray Ireland, spent a week undercover in Cork for RTÉ’s The Secret Millionaire programme, which was broadcast last night.
An early school-leaver, Logan was in and out of trouble until his 20s before turning his life around and founding a successful business.
He was so impressed by the work of the groups he met in Cork that he donated more than any millionaire who took part in this year’s series.
“I’ve been touched greatly by the stories,” he said. “It’s been a very emotional journey. It was a therapeutic and rewarding experience.”
Logan donated €10,000 to Anthony and Colett Wolfe from Carrigtwohill, whose daughter Leanne took her own life in 2007, aged 18, after five years of sustained bullying.
The couple runs a support group, You Are Not Alone, which hosts coffee mornings on the first Tuesday of every month, for people who have been affected by bullying or suicide.
Logan was visibly moved by the stories of the group, and pledged continuing support for the project.
“The money will do a lot of good,” said Colett.
Logan also gave €15,000 to Youth Work Ireland’s Hut Rappers group in Gurranabraher.
Rapper Garry McCarthy (aka GMC), runs rap workshops for kids aged 10 to 18, giving them a voice about their life experiences.
Project director Eleanor O’Sullivan said the money will help sustain the project at a time when government funding for youth work is being slashed.
“The strength of any youth service is the youth workers and, with the current cuts to the service, many youth workers are down to three days a week which will have a direct impact on the young people,” said Ms O’Sullivan.
“The money the secret millionaire donated will allow us to run the programme on another night for the rappers. Now we will be able to accommodate young people for another year.”
Logan also donated money to a gym in Dungarvan which works with disadvantaged children.