The “Cradle Six-Day Cycling Tour of Ireland” will be a spectacular cycling trip around Ireland. Starting in Galway on Monday June 11th and riding through Longford, Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork and Limerick before finishing back in Galway on Saturday 16th.
Event coordinator, Niall Kennedy said, this epic tour of Ireland is a culmination of nine years of experience in organising cycling events for charity. Last year’s Cork to Galway cycle was over-subscribed and we had to turn people away.
The six-day tour will be run as three separate events running consecutively and cyclists can choose to do two, four or all six days. So there is something here for all levels of cyclist. It is not a race or endurance test. We put as much emphasis on the social side of the event as we do on the cycling. One thing cyclists can be assured of, that is they can expect the same quality of services and facilities both on and off-road that they have come to expect from our events.
The event will be raising funds for two charities. Irish Motor Neurone Disease Assocation (IMNDA) and “Cradle”.
The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association ( www.imnda.ie ) is the primary support organisation in Ireland providing care for people with MND, their families, friends and carers. The cornerstone of its approach is to put people with MND at the heart of all of its focus, to champion their voice and dignity, to provide information resources and support so as to empower them to make informed decisions for themselves as individuals, whilst also providing every possible support to their families and carers. In a recent inspiring documentary on RTE about sports broadcaster Colm Murray who is living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and the brave battle he is facing. He candidly described MND as “the PITs”, Progressive, Incurable and Terminal.
Just yesterday Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath Nicky McFadden has confirmed she has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. The Fine Gael TD was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease last week. In a statement , the mother-of-two said she would continue to serve her constituents and not surrender to the disease. The Fine Gael Deputy says she has the full support of her Party and will have the help of her good friends and staff to assist her in continuing her work as a TD. The Taoiseach Enda Kenny says he greatly admires the courage which she has shown in addressing her illness.
Cradle is a Dublin based charity ( www.cradle.ie ) that reaches out to children in war-torn regions and areas of natural disaster. They are currently active in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, Moldova, Thailand and Cambodia. The funds raised from the cycle will fund their building projects in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Thailand and Cambodia.
Irish Cycling legend Sean Kelly will be participating in the event which is always a great attraction for our cyclists.
All proceeds raised by cyclists will go directly to the charities as all the organizing and support team work is done on a voluntary basis. To find out all about the event and register to participate visit www.cradlecycle.com You can also follow us on www.facebook.com/cradlecycle