Monday 15 July 2019

Charity cycle is a great success

Cyclists lined up before the start of the Harrow charity cycle
Cyclists lined up before the start of the Harrow charity cycle

Brendan Keane

A recent charity cycle that took place at the Harrow proved to be a great success.

The event was organised to raise money for Crumlin Children's Hospital, and the high regard in which the hospital is held within the community was underlined by the show of support the event received locally.

Running for around 20 years, the cycle was the brainchild of Jim Gahan and a group of friends from the area who thought of holding a fundraising event and decided that a charity cycle would be a good idea.

They also decided that the hospital in Crumlin would be a worthwhile beneficiary.

It proved to be a very popular choice because to date the cycle has raised around €160,000 for it and the money is put to very good use.

Speaking to this newspaper about this year's event Jim's daughter Orla said it was a great success.

'We want to thank everyone who took part again this year,' she said.

'It was a great day out and people really got behind it,' she added.

She acknowledged the Harrow for providing refreshments and said that while there is still money coming in it looks like this year's figure will be in excess of €2,500.

A significant aspect of the fundraiser is that the organisers will get a list from the hospital of equipment it needs and then it will purchase whatever equipment it can to the value of the money raised. That means all of the money is fully accounted for and people know exactly where it's going and how it's being used.

'That's important,' said Orla.

'It's very good of people to support the fundraiser and it's nice for them to know how the money they raise is being used,' she added.

This year around 30 participants took part and the organisers are very appreciative of their willingness to help. They also thanked everyone who helped with organising the event in any way.

It's always a fun-filled cycle and Orla said the relaxed nature of it is important to the organisers.

'It's just about raising money for a good cause and people having a good time doing it,' she said.

Enniscorthy Guardian