Annual Galway Cycle has raised €850,000 for charities over 25 years
29 March 2012 Over 200 cyclists and another 100 volunteers departed NUI Maynooth’s Student Union at dawn on the morning of Friday March 25th to cycle the 400km round trip from Maynooth to Galway, raising over €122,000 for Down Syndrome Ireland. This year’s event, which took place over two days, marks 25 years of Maynooth Students for Charity cycling a total of half a million kilometres and raising €850,000 for various causes along the way.
According to organisers, the scale and success of this year’s event is a far cry from the inaugural Galway Cycle in 1987 when 12 cyclists made their way across the country to raise funds for the ISPCC. Amongst this year’s cyclists were Armagh-man Martin Rocks, who has completed all 25 cycles over 25 years, and Prof Philip Nolan, President of NUI Maynooth who undertook the cycle for the first time.
The money raised this year will be used by Down Syndrome Ireland to roll out an early development program across the country which has already been piloted successfully in Kildare. “We are delighted to have been selected by the Galway Cycle as their chosen charity, particularly on this the 25th anniversary of the event,” Pat Clarke, Chief Executive of Down Syndrome Ireland noted. “These are difficult economic times for every family, particularly those who have a child with a disability. With ever more cuts in services, our 3,000 members are increasingly reliant on Down Syndrome Ireland to give them the vital services and supports they may not be receiving. 0n their behalf, I’d like to thank the organisers of this event and the enthusiastic and generous volunteers who took part in the cycle”.
Ends. 29 March 2012