Sunday 23 November 2014

Cyclists take to the saddle for 600km Tourdeforce

Michael Staines

Published 31/07/2014 | 02:30

From left: Garda Gail O’Donoghue, Kieran Loughran, CEO of Headway Ireland, Garda Commissioner Noirin O Sullivan, celebrity Tourdeforce ambassador Sile Seoige, Pauline Murphy of LauraLynn and Garda Eamon Byrne
From left: Garda Gail O’Donoghue, Kieran Loughran, CEO of Headway Ireland, Garda Commissioner Noirin O Sullivan, celebrity Tourdeforce ambassador Sile Seoige, Pauline Murphy of LauraLynn and Garda Eamon Byrne

A group of gardai and friends are setting off on a long-haul US bike journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles for this year's 'Tourdeforce' charity cycle.

The 60-strong group of cyclists will tackle over 600km in five days, raising much needed funds for charities children's hospice LauraLynn, Headway Ireland and Age Action.

The charity cycle was launched by acting Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan and broadcaster Sile Seoige at Garda Headquarters yesterday.

Michelle Byers, Corporate Fundraiser with LauraLynn, said the efforts of everyone has been overwhelming.

"We are still the only hospice in Ireland caring for these children and yet we have no funding for our hospice services. It is events like 'Tourdeforce' that allow us to continue providing this invaluable service," she said.

Participants must pay their own costs and this year each cyclist must raise a minimum of €1,350. Fundraising events are being undertaken around Ireland by the 60 cyclists involved in advance of this year's Tourdeforce which takes place between October 10 and 18.

Irish Independent

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