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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Tour de Picnic unveils new charity recipients - INDY Bikes, Special Olympics and Barnardos

Published 06/05/2014 | 17:31

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An 80-kilometre cycle and run from Dublin to the Electric Picnic in Stradbally will benefit three new charities this year.

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Participants in the Tour De Picnic will raise money for INDY Bikes, Special Olympics and Barnardos.

Last year Tour De Picnic broke the €1 million mark in funds raised for children's charities.

Event organiser Brian McDermott said, ’Last year cyclists and runners across Ireland not only arrived to the Picnic in style but helped raise a net sum of just under €200,000 at the same time.”

“That money was spread across a number of charities: Laois Hospice, Laura Lynn House, Thank You Crumlin, Love Mia and a host of local worthy recipients in Stradbally.”

“We have physically seen the changes that this money has made to each of these charities and are eager to ensure we can continue to help raise much needed funds’.”

Anyone interested can register to cycle or run with Tour De Picnic 2014 through www.ElectricPicnic.ie  . A €50 deposit is will secure your place.

INDY (Inner-City North Dublin Youth) Bikes programme is run by young people for young people in tough inner city communities – to introduce them to the world of bikes. The Irish Youth Foundation has set a target of raising €50k to fund a Bicycle Programme for – INDY Bikes.

Special Olympics is a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability, and also provides athletes with far more than the physical benefits of sport. It’s about fun, friendships and team spirit.

Barnardos works with over 8,900 children and families annually, providing direct services, advice and support in 40 centres, based in some of the most over-looked communities in Ireland.

Barnardos says €10,000 supports parenting programmes which help them with practical issues such as literacy skills, budgeting skills and creating routines for their children.

This year’s Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival takes place in Stradbally, Co. Laois from August 29th – 31st.

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