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Wednesday 26 July 2017

AbbVie employees cycle for charity from Sligo to Cork

Members of the AbbVie Challenge cycling team are joined by representatives of Move4Parkinsons at a recent presentation event in AbbVie's medical device centre of excellence in Ballytivnan, Sligo
Members of the AbbVie Challenge cycling team are joined by representatives of Move4Parkinsons at a recent presentation event in AbbVie's medical device centre of excellence in Ballytivnan, Sligo

More than 70 employees from the biopharmaceutical company AbbVie took part in a three-day, 400 kilometre cycle from Sligo to Cork earlier this year to raise vital funds for the Move4Parkinson's charity. The proceeds were recently presented to the charity the company's medical device centre of excellence in Ballytivnan, Sligo.

The company employs close to 600 people at five different sites across the country, including two manufacturing plants in in Sligo and one manufacturing plants in Carrigtwohill, Cork.

On their first day, the 70-strong group set out from AbbVie's operations sites in Sligo and made their way across East Sligo and South Roscommon, ending their day 140 kilometres away in Athlone. Day two saw the group make their way across the Slieve Bloom Mountains and arrive at Horse and Jockey, Co. Tipperary - nearly 270 kilometres from Sligo.

The third and final day of the challenge was the shortest distance at just over 110 kilometres. One of the event organisers Jim Leahy, Site Engineering Services and EHSE&S Manager, AbbVie Ballytivnan in Sligo, and Cork native, said that the event was a reflection of AbbVie's corporate responsibility ethos and the company's dedicated workforce. "This remarkable project would not have been possible without the efforts of the dedicated employees across the AbbVie organisation. Congratulations and thanks to all the cyclists, organisers and the support teams this arduous challenge," he said .

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