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Friday 27 April 2018

Ferns Charity Cycle moves up the gears for two worthy local causes

Presentation of cheque for €5,500 to the Hope Cancer Support Centre, Tomás Tonks, chairman Ferns Charity Cycle; Liz Fitzgerald, Hope Centre; Peter Doyle, FCC and Anna Doyle, FCC
Presentation of cheque for €5,500 to the Hope Cancer Support Centre, Tomás Tonks, chairman Ferns Charity Cycle; Liz Fitzgerald, Hope Centre; Peter Doyle, FCC and Anna Doyle, FCC
Presentation of cheque for €5,500 to Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, back row: Bengie Andaloc, Lena Singer and Tomás Tonks, chairman Ferns Charity Cycle. Front: Sarah Kavanagh, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland; Peter Doyle, FCC and Caroline Dunbar, ABII

Two local causes benefited to the tune of €11,000 as cheques were handed over from this year's Ferns Charity Cycle at Doyle's Bar. The Hope Cancer Support Centre in Enniscorthy and Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, who have a house in Ballymurn, were over the moon to receive €5,500 each from the proceeds of the big cycle.

Over 200 riders took part in the event which took place in July, setting off from Ferns GAA Club with a 50km and 100km route available. The longer of the two involved some heavy climbing and provided a great challenge for participants who came from all over the country.

'It went really well,' said organiser Tomás Tonks. 'We had a lot of first timers and it was a real challenge for them. I don't think, after a lot of heavy climbing, the expected to have to climb Sliabh Buí at the end as well! We got great feedback online on it though which we were delighted with.'

The organisers were also delighted to be able to hand over €11,000 to extremely worthy causes.

'It's great, we're really happy with the amount raised,' said Tomás. 'We got great help from the Hope Centre and ABI as well. The money was raised by entry fees, sponsorship and donations and I'd like to thank everyone who contributed.

'I'd also like to thank all our wonderful sponsors and Ferns GAA Club for the use of their facilities. We'll have a bit of a break now until Christmas and then it will be into planning next year.'

Enniscorthy Guardian

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