Saturday 18 August 2018

Garda cycle that has raised €1m for charity now heads for Portugal

Det Sgt Adrian Whitelaw and Linda Farrell, from Kevin Street garda station, Marie Peelo from Pieta House, and Det Garda Linda Williams prepare for the Tour de Force. Picture: Frank McGrath
Det Sgt Adrian Whitelaw and Linda Farrell, from Kevin Street garda station, Marie Peelo from Pieta House, and Det Garda Linda Williams prepare for the Tour de Force. Picture: Frank McGrath

Robin Schiller

The Garda Tour de Force cycling group which has donated more than €1m to charity over the past two decades is on another fundraising drive.

Next week they will be cycling 500 Kilometers through Portugal from Lisbon to Porto with the assistance of their counterparts in the Portuguese police.

The Garda Tour De Force consists of members of An Garda Siochana and friends who cycle annually to raise funds to aid Irish charities and  have been cycling since 1991 in aid of various charities.

This year the funds raised will be donated to Pieta House   which is a charity for the prevention of self harm and suicide.

They offer free counseling to anyone in need of it. Since their foundation they have helped over 18, 000 people in suicidal distress or engaging in self harm.

Our photos show members of the group at the Portuguese embassy in Dublin 4 at their official launch on Friday.

CHARITY

Since 1991, charities that have benefited from the endeavors of ‘Garda Tour De Force’  are: Crumlin Children’s Hospital , ‘Debra Ireland’, ‘Aware’, ‘The Irish Heart Foundation’, ‘Canteen’, ‘The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland’, ‘Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’, ‘Marie Keating Foundation’,’ Laura Lynn’, ‘Age Action’, ‘St. John of Gods(Re Nua)’ and ‘Trust’, which cares for the homeless in Dublin’s inner city .

Last year, Gardai based at Kevin Street Garda Station in Dublin led a group of 21 on a cycling tour of Romania in September.

Each cyclist raised at least €1,000 for the charity on the five-day, 650km ride through Transylvania and other parts of Romania.

Irish Independent

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