Airport workers get on their bikes for Barretstown

FERGAL MADDOCK

Published 28/08/2012 | 14:58

WORKERS at a car rental vehicle swapped four wheels for just two recently as part of a 400-mile adventure to race money for a worthy children's charity.

Four employees from Enterprise Rent-A- Car Dublin Airport were among a group of eleven that completed a charity cycle in aid of Barretstown, raising at least €1,200 with more donations still coming in. The team consisting of Shauna Murphy, Ross Culligan, John Colgan and Trevor Yeomans cycled in relays for 12 hours from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to raise much needed funds for the children's charity. The 12-hour charity cycle took place on fixed bikes and people working in Dublin airport also helped the team during their break times.

George O'Connor, Managing Director of Enterprise Rent-A- Car, Ireland, said: 'I was delighted to be part of this charity event and I want to especially thank our management trainees who organised this charity cycle. Having my own children, I was particularly delighted that they chose Barretstown as the charity that would benefit. I also wanted to participate myself, to help the team raise money to bring more families and children affected by serious illness to Barretstown.' Barretstown is a specially designed camp that provides therapeutic recreation programmes for children with serious illnesses and their families.

Barretstown was founded by Hollywood Actor Paul Newman in 1994 to serve children affected by serious illnesses – primarily cancer and serious blood diseases. Its mission is to rebuild the lives of these children and their families. Barretstown offers its services free of charge so it relies heavily on charity donations such as this 12 hour cycle. It costs almost €5 million per year to run the programmes at Barretstown. This covers travel costs, accommodation, food, medical care and activities.

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