Marian will cycle to Rome in memory of late brother

Deborah Coleman

Published 09/04/2014 | 05:44

Marian O'Regan who is doing a fundraising cycle to Rome.

An ARKLOW woman will cycle from her front door to the Eternal City of Rome this summer to raise funds for cancer charities and in memory of her late brother.

An Arklow woman will cycle from her front door to the Eternal City of Rome this summer to raise funds for cancer charities and in memory of her late brother.

Marian O'Regan who is a newcomer to the sport will take on the gruelling challenge along with 32 fellow cyclists to cycle from Arklow to Rosslare, then from Cherbourg through the Alps and down the coast of Italy to her destination.

'I had only just gotten the bike for fitness and I saw something about the cycle pop up on Facebook. I saw that participants were raising money for cancer charities. I lost my brother Anthony O'Regan to pancreatic cancer in 2012 so this was very personal to me and I got in touch and signed up,' explained Marian.

Marian's chosen charities are Arklow Cancer Support Group and Breakthrough Cancer Research, and thanks to her brother Eddie, she has already raised some money.

'Eddie started it all off for me and got his head shaved at Arklow Golf Club.

'All his golfing friends sponsored him and he raised €420. Also my employer at Gorey Pharmacy has sponsored my personal expenses for the trip which means every cent raised goes straight to the charities,' she added. Shoppers in Bridgewater Centre were able to wish Marian luck and donate a few euro as she took part in a cycling demonstration in the mall to raise awareness within the community of her challenge and for both worthy causes.

Marian's next fundraiser takes place on May 24 in the form of a Second Chance Debs in the Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey.

As part of the Home to Rome team Marian will be carrying the 'Live Life' message in memory of Kerry teen Donal Walsh who bravely spoke out about suicide prevention before he passed away following a battle with cancer last year.

His message has been transcribed onto a scroll in Latin and will be presented to The Vatican once the Home to Rome cyclists reach their destination..

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