Friday 9 December 2016

Pedal to the Picnic and help raise a million euro for charity, asks Tour de Picnic

Published 11/06/2015 | 17:00

Bernard O’Shea, Jennifer Maguire, and Keith Walsh at the launch of this year's Tour de Picnic Credit: Paul Sharp
Bernard O’Shea, Jennifer Maguire, and Keith Walsh at the launch of this year's Tour de Picnic Credit: Paul Sharp

The Tour de Picnic fundraiser has kicked into first gear, with sign ups opening for the popular 80 km charity bike ride from Dublin to Electric Picnic.

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Now in its seventh year, the charity drive asks those heading to the music festival to do so on their bike in the name of a good cause.

Last year, the Tour de Picnic broke the €1.2 million mark for three children’s charities, and its organisers are hoping to do the same in 2015 for The ISPCC (Childline), Special Olympics Ireland, and The Irish Youth Foundation.

“It’s hard to believe that we started with only 30 cyclists six years ago and now we have 1,000 cyclists as well as runners, taking part,” said Brian McDermott, event organiser.

Last year Tour De Picnic broke the €1.2 million mark Credit: Paul Sharp
Last year Tour De Picnic broke the €1.2 million mark Credit: Paul Sharp

“It’s extraordinary what a huge difference we have been able to make to so many Irish people’s lives through our charity partners.”

Gail Banim, Head of Marketing RaboDirect who are sponsoring this year's event, said: “We’re thrilled to support an event that promises festival goers a healthy kickstart to their weekend and benefits these really worthwhile causes as well."

Those registering before next Friday, June 19, have to put down €50 to secure their spot, while those signing up after this date will have to shell out €150.

Everyone involved needs to raise a minimum of €380 by August 14, though this figure does included the €150 deposit and a weekend ticket to the festival.

Those taking part also get their gear transported down, and brought back up along with their bike, and receive a special invite to a private party on arrival.

Back for its seventh annual instalment, 2fm’s Jennifer Maguire, Keith Walsh and Bernard O’Shea launched the event earlier today by urging cyclists “to get on their bike and get riding and fundraising.”

For those interested, registration is available here.

This year’s Electric Picnic takes place in Stradbally County Laois from August 29th – 31st.

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