Down Syndrome Ireland says get on your bike for good cause

Published 02/08/2014 | 00:00

Peter Fitzpatrick, TD and Former Loth Football Manager pictured with Poppy Stephenson, aged 6 from Drogheda at the launch of Down Syndrome Ireland’s Tour de Leinster cycle.

DOWN SYNDROME Ireland is calling on cyclists to sign up for one of the most important fiundraising events in their calendar.

Amateur cyclists are needed to saddle up for the inaugural Tour de Leinster charity challenge, which begins on Thursday September 18th and continues over four days until Sunday September 21st, 2014.

Cycling legend Sean Kelly will be joining the cyclists for the challenging charity event which takes in a 600km route through some of the most beautiful scenery of of the 12 counties of Leinster.

'The funds will make all the difference to the lives of people with Down syndrome in Leinster as well as their families by providing vital services and facilities in each county,' says Lee Rock, a parent and volunteer from Drogheda.

'DSI receive little government funding and have to fundraise almost 90% of what's required to run their services, and local branches provide a wide range of services locally including Home Teacher Programmes, Adult Literacy Programmes, Speech and Occupational Therapy, Early Development Groups and Social activities for children and adults.

Starting in Dublin, the route takes the cyclists across the Wicklow Gap, Bagenalstown to Carlow via the gruelling Mount Leinster then on to Athlone, Trim, the Hill of Tara, through Duleek and north to Drogheda-Bettystown-Laytown with the cycle loop finishing up at Howth Hill.

For up to date information and developments on the Tour please log onto www.tourdeleinster.ie or you can follow the Tour on twitter @tourdeleinster

For further information on Down Syndrome Ireland please see www.downsyndrome.ie

Drogheda Independent

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