Voice of Ireland star Keith Hanley was on hand to launch the Cycle, Walk, Run day, which takes place on Sunday, September 1, in aid of St. Joseph's Foundation Charleville.
Speaking at the launch, John O'Shea of the organising committee told service users and sponsors that the event was of huge importance to the Foundation as it was one of the three biggest fundraising events of the year for the cash-strapped organisation - the others being the annual greyhound benefit meeting at Curaheen Park Cork and the Spring Fair.
"Last year we had 1,000 people taking part in the cycle, walk and run and they raised €60,000. This year we are hoping to equal, if not better that performance," he said.
Fellow organiser Mary Hayes thanked all who had contributed to the event, in particular the sponsors who are supporting them in their raffle which is being held in conjunction with the event. The sponsors are St. Gobnait's Nursing Home Ballyagran, who are donating the first prize of €500, Paul Gammell of Kilmallock Cycles who is giving a bicycle for the second prize and Bruree PVC for the third prize of €200. The raffle is €2 per line and cards are available
The cycle will take in a distance of 90km, starting at Baker's Road, Charleville, and travelling to Kilmallock, Knocklong, Emly, Tipperary Town and returning to Charleville via Garryspillane and Kilmallock. The run and walk will take in a local 10km loop around the Cooleens area.
Organising committee chairman Martin Lynch, who was unavoidably absent from the launch said he was delighted with the way that arrangements are progressing and he thanked his fellow committee members for their input.