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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Cyclists on static bikes for charity

JOHN MANNING

Published 04/09/2012 | 18:16

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Lisa Halligan, Fran Whelan, Peter O'Shea with Andrew O'Neill, Tony Finnegan, Alan Howley and Neelie Murray at the Action Ireland Charity Cyclethon in the Pavilions Shopping Centre.

WELL DONE to the staff of the Clarion Hotel at Dublin Airport who recently got on their bikes to raise a huge amount of cash for charity.

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Several brave and fit members of staff volunteered to mount static bikes at the Pavilions Shopping Centre in a cycling marathon to raise funds for Action Ireland Lesotho. The cyclists pedalled for as long as the shopping centre remained open on August 24th, mounting their bikes as the first shopper crossed the threshold and only getting off, saddlesore, as the last one left at 9p.m. that evening. Countless miles were covered by the volunteers and other staff from the hotel helped by shaking buckets in front of shoppers to make sure the efforts of the cyclists did not go unrewarded. When all the money was counted, the fundraising effort had succeeded in bring in over €1,000 for the charity. Action Ireland Lesotho works to encourage community participation and involvement in all their community development programmes. The Action Lesotho team also works with community groups to identify and prioritise the needs in the local area. These include the development of small business initiatives, training and education and care in the community projects. The charity believes that the way out of poverty is through access to information, education and trade and it has already developed strong ties in Fingal with over 50 Portmarnock Community School students travelling to Lesotho to work for the charity each year.

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