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Bernard O’Shea, Jennifer Maguire, and Keith Walsh at the launch of this year's Tour de Picnic Credit: Paul Sharp

Bernard O’Shea, Jennifer Maguire, and Keith Walsh at the launch of this year's Tour de Picnic Credit: Paul Sharp

Credit: Paul Sharp

Bernard O’Shea, Jennifer Maguire, and Keith Walsh at the launch of this year's Tour de Picnic Credit: Paul Sharp

The Tour de Picnic fundraiser has kicked into first gear, with sign ups opening for the popular 80 km charity bike ride from Dublin to Electric Picnic.

Now in its seventh year, the charity drive asks those heading to the music festival to do so on their bike in the name of a good cause.

Last year, the Tour de Picnic broke the €1.2 million mark for three children’s charities, and its organisers are hoping to do the same in 2015 for The ISPCC (Childline), Special Olympics Ireland, and The Irish Youth Foundation.

“It’s hard to believe that we started with only 30 cyclists six years ago and now we have 1,000 cyclists as well as runners, taking part,” said Brian McDermott, event organiser.

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NO FEE FOR 1ST REPRO 
Get On Your Bike as RaboDirect Tour De Picnic Officially Launches Today
 
Last year Tour De Picnic broke the €1.2 million mark in funds raised for children's charities to date. Back for its seventh annual instalment, 2fm’s Jennifer Maguire, Keith Walsh and Bernard O’Shea urged cyclists ‘to get on their bike and get riding and fundraising’ for RaboDirect Tour de Picnic 2015. This year three very worthwhile charities will benefit from the funds raised – The ISPCC (Childline), Special Olympics Ireland and The Irish Youth Foundation.
PIC PAUL SHARP/SHARPPIX
 
Brian McDermott, event organiser said “Thanks to everyone who cycled and fundraised and to you the public for your generosity in sponsorship over the years. It’s hard to believe that we started with only 30 cyclists six years ago and now we have 1,000 cyclists as well as runners, taking part. It’s extraordinary what a huge difference we have been able to make to so many Irish people’s lives through our charity partners. I would also like to welcome our new Sponsor RaboDirect, I look forward to what looks like an exciting partnership ahead”.
 
Gail Banim, Head of Marketing RaboDirect said: “We’re thrilled to support an event that promises festival goers a healthy kickstart to their weekend and benefits these really worthwhile causes as well“.
 
You can register to cycle or run RaboDirect Tour De Picnic 2015 through http://rabodirecttourdepicnic.com/ - a €50 deposit is all it takes to secure your place for a ticket to Ireland’s biggest and best festival.  This deposit is also counted towards your final fund raising total. Everyone is asked to raise a minimum of €380 by Friday 14th August 2015.  This year you must have at least €150 euro raised by Friday June 19th to secure your place due to extremely high demand for Electric Picnic tickets. If you sign up after June 19th you must pay a deposit of €150 which counts towards your total €380.

NO FEE FOR 1ST REPRO Get On Your Bike as RaboDirect Tour De Picnic Officially Launches Today Last year Tour De Picnic broke the €1.2 million mark in funds raised for children's charities to date. Back for its seventh annual instalment, 2fm’s Jennifer Maguire, Keith Walsh and Bernard O’Shea urged cyclists ‘to get on their bike and get riding and fundraising’ for RaboDirect Tour de Picnic 2015. This year three very worthwhile charities will benefit from the funds raised – The ISPCC (Childline), Special Olympics Ireland and The Irish Youth Foundation. PIC PAUL SHARP/SHARPPIX Brian McDermott, event organiser said “Thanks to everyone who cycled and fundraised and to you the public for your generosity in sponsorship over the years. It’s hard to believe that we started with only 30 cyclists six years ago and now we have 1,000 cyclists as well as runners, taking part. It’s extraordinary what a huge difference we have been able to make to so many Irish people’s lives through our charity partners. I would also like to welcome our new Sponsor RaboDirect, I look forward to what looks like an exciting partnership ahead”. Gail Banim, Head of Marketing RaboDirect said: “We’re thrilled to support an event that promises festival goers a healthy kickstart to their weekend and benefits these really worthwhile causes as well“. You can register to cycle or run RaboDirect Tour De Picnic 2015 through http://rabodirecttourdepicnic.com/ - a €50 deposit is all it takes to secure your place for a ticket to Ireland’s biggest and best festival. This deposit is also counted towards your final fund raising total. Everyone is asked to raise a minimum of €380 by Friday 14th August 2015. This year you must have at least €150 euro raised by Friday June 19th to secure your place due to extremely high demand for Electric Picnic tickets. If you sign up after June 19th you must pay a deposit of €150 which counts towards your total €380.

Credit: Paul Sharp

“It’s extraordinary what a huge difference we have been able to make to so many Irish people’s lives through our charity partners.”

Gail Banim, Head of Marketing RaboDirect who are sponsoring this year's event, said: “We’re thrilled to support an event that promises festival goers a healthy kickstart to their weekend and benefits these really worthwhile causes as well."

Those registering before next Friday, June 19, have to put down €50 to secure their spot, while those signing up after this date will have to shell out €150.

Everyone involved needs to raise a minimum of €380 by August 14, though this figure does included the €150 deposit and a weekend ticket to the festival.

Those taking part also get their gear transported down, and brought back up along with their bike, and receive a special invite to a private party on arrival.

Back for its seventh annual instalment, 2fm’s Jennifer Maguire, Keith Walsh and Bernard O’Shea launched the event earlier today by urging cyclists “to get on their bike and get riding and fundraising.”

For those interested, registration is available here.

This year’s Electric Picnic takes place in Stradbally County Laois from August 29th – 31st.

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