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Wednesday 24 January 2018

Go the extra mile for charity

Jason O'Brien

Jason O'Brien

Kathryn Thomas, a woman known for journeying near and far, yesterday launched a charity cycle in support of Women's Aid.

The East Coast Cycle Challenge is a 70km fun cycle from Dublin to Arklow, Co Wicklow, but is supporting a serious cause, with the latest figures revealing that one-in-five women in Ireland are affected by domestic violence in their lives.

"Thousands of women are suffering in silence," the presenter of RTE's 'No Frontiers' said.

"The Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline is a lifeline for women living in fear in their own homes. So, I am urging people to sign up to do the cycle challenge to help women and their children escape and survive domestic violence."

The cycle is the biggest fundraising event for the charity and raises over €25,000 each year for its helpline.

"Every day in Ireland women are raped, beaten and abused by those closest to them -- their boyfriends, partners and husbands," Margaret Martin, director of Women's Aid said

"The East Coast Cycle Challenge is a great way for people to raise funds to help us support women and their children living with abuse and violence. The cycle suits people of all abilities and it's a great way to spend a Saturday in May."

The event will take place on May 15.

Irish Independent

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