Cycling Duo raise over €9,000 for Hospice
There were considerable celebrations in the Bunclody area when locals Mick Foley and Frank Burke crossed the finish line after a gruelling 92 hours and 47 minutes in the saddle to win the two-man team section of this year's Race Around Ireland.
Having put in a huge amount of hours on the bike the pair were over the moon, however, for them, the real measure of their success came last week when they handed over a cheque for €9,190 to Wexford Hospice Homecare, to be used specifically for the local area.
While at this stage, heatwaves are far from our minds, as part of their training the pair cycled on stationary bikes over the August bank holiday while their friends, club-mates and family collected money in buckets at the side of the road. Mick and Frank's efforts really captured the imagination of the local community and the bucket collection alone raised €7,500 over the two days.
Further money was contributed as the lads' training continued and more people got wind of their efforts and, having managed to cross the line triumphantly after cycling 2,100km all over Ireland, the final figure stood at a whopping €9,190.
The duo wished to thank all of their collectors who gave their time so generously and put great enthusiasm into the venture.
They also thanked the local Hospice Homecare Committee for their help and advice.
Chairperson Dr Dunne received the cheque at Redmond's Lounge and thanked Mick and Frank for all their efforts, saying the money raised would go a long way towards maintaining a service that is desperately needed by the people of County Wexford.