THE STAFF at the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) who got on their bikes for charity recently have been able to hand over a whopping cheque for more than €14,000 to Barretstown Camp. Barretstown is the DAA Charity of the Year and this 100km cycling challenge taken on by airport staff has now been confirmed as the greatest single money raising event in a year of fundraising for the charity at Dublin Airport. The cyclists, many of whom took on a 100km round trip to Barretstown from Dublin and others who completed half the course on the return leg of the journey can all be proud of their efforts after the a cheque for €14,257 was handed over to a grateful charity last week.
Over 90 Dublin Airport staff took part in a round trip to Barretstown and back on September 15 to raise funds for the County Kildare centre for seriously ill children. The cycle began at the Spa Well in Templeogue where the 100k cyclists made the arduous cycle to Barretstown where they were met by the 50k cyclists for the return journey. The cheque for an impressive total of €14,257 was presented to Barretstown fund raising manager Liz Denieffe by DAA's Ivor Maleady, event organiser, and Siobhan Moore, DAA Charity of The Year Chairperson. Siobhan Moore said: ' The motivation and passion of my colleagues to innovatively and continuously raise funds for the DAA charity of the year is truly astounding. This is the largest sum raised by a single charity event this year and I am truly proud of all my colleagues for their trojan efforts.' The event was greatly supported by main sponsor Eurocycles and further supported by Bus Eireann, Flynn Management & Contractors, Energise Sport, Sue Fraser Fitness and OCS, without whose support the event could not have been the success it has proven to be. The annual charity cycle is just one of many events taking place during 2012 to raise much needed funds for Barretstown.