The fourth annual 'Tour de Leinster' cycle is set to be held again this year to raise funds for the Louth/Meath branch of Down Syndrome Ireland.
Registration has just opened for the event, which is a major fundraiser for the work of Down Syndrome Ireland.
Kevin Hampson, a parent and member of the Down Syndrome Ireland's Louth/Meath branch, highlighted how funds raised from the Tour de Leinster are spent locally
'The Early Intervention Development Programme is for pre-school children with Down syndrome. Our Early Intervention specialists call to the homes of the children for two sessions a month during the school term. It's basically therapy in a play situation and covers many aspects such as motor skills, hand eye coordination, some speech and language, singing and coordination so it's very wide ranging. The money raised from the Tour de Leinster helps with the funding shortfall to run this programme for approximately 50 local children.'
This year's cycle, taking place from Thursday, September 14th to Sunday, September 17th, will cover 600 km over four days. The challenge gives cyclists the chance to cycle with Irish Tour de France and Giro D'italia legend Stephen Roche, who will cycle shoulder to shoulder with participating cyclists for the four days. Interested cyclists can visit www.downsyndrome.ie/tour-de-leinster/ for more information and to register or call 01 4266500.