'WE WERE overwhelmed by people's genorosity and the amont of money raised exceeded all expectations,' says Teresa Hanratty, one of those behind organising the highly successful Rose's Cycle in aid of the Jack and Jill Children's Foundation earlier this year.
The proceeds from the cycle, a cheque for €44,113.77 was presented to Jack and Jill Children's Foundation last week by those who took part in the event during the summer.
A group of 31 cyclists completed the 320kms sponsored cycle from An Ceathru in An Gaillimh to Stabannon over three days in August.
A further 15 cyclists joined the group in Mullingar on Day 3 and many more joined the group at Woodtown leading to almost 70 cyclists, included adults and children, arrived in Stabannon to a huge welcome by family and friends.
Those who took part in the cycle were from Stabannon, Dromiskin, Galway, Knockbridge, Dundalk, Dunleer, Cork and Tullamore. The majority of cyclists were amateurs who trained hard in order to make the event a huge success.
The cycle raised a significant amount of money for the Jack and Jill Children's Foundation which was founded in 1997 and has helped over 1600 families since then.
There are currently 300 families on their books, seven of whom are in Louth.
The money raised will go towards the nursing care for the children of these families and contributes to the overall budget of €2.7million required by Jack and Jill every year.
Teresa says they received tremendous support from the local community in Stabannon and neighbouring parishes, as well as from corporate sponsors.
'We were overwhelmed by the genorosity of people and it just goes to show how people are willing to support a charity like this as they know everyone wants to have their children cared for at home.'
The cheque was presented to Anne Reilly, Jack and Jill's Local Liaison Nurse by Teresa Hanratty, Breandan O'hEaghra, Enda McKeown and Denise Barron on behalf of the group of cyclists on Monday last.
Receiving the cheque, Anne paid a sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who made Rose's Cycle 2012 such a wonderful success.