Monday 16 September 2019

Swords Lions Club seek charity cycle volunteers

Swords charity,Snowflakes, seen here celebrating Autism Day, will benefit from the Lions Club event
Swords charity,Snowflakes, seen here celebrating Autism Day, will benefit from the Lions Club event

Swords and District Lions Club, a local charity organisation, is looking for community spirited cyclists to take part in its 'Fingal Charity Cycle Event' later this month, an 80km scenic route around the county's many heritage sites.

Held during Heritage Week on Saturday August 25, the cycle travels through Ballyboughal, Lusk, Skerries, Balbriggan, Balrothery and as far as Garristown, a round-trip excursion ending at its starting point, the Carnegie Court Hotel in Swords.

This year is the very first Charity Cycle to be held by Swords and District Lions Club, which is raising funds for two local causes, Snowflakes and Swords Men's Sheds.

Organiser Michael Clince explains: 'Snowflakes is a Fingal organisation which offers autism support, and they look after the education of families in dealing with autism. Apparently there's a lot of people with autism in Fingal, and we only realised recently how many there are, and how many families are affected in the area. 'In the Lions Club, we had been approached for some help for families of people with autism, because a lot of the families have to be trained in special needs. There'd be a huge number of families in the Fingal area who would be affected.

'Last year, a number of Lions Clubs in the North County Dublin area, we actually bought pods and put them into DCU; these would be quiet rooms specially for people with autism so they could have a quiet area. So we got involved with Snowflakes, and they would be one of the main beneficiaries of the cycle, along with Swords Men's Shed.'

On Swords Men's Shed, the other charity Swords and District Lions Club is fundraising for, Michael says: 'The Men's Shed are a fantastic organisation throughout Ireland, they have one in Swords, set up the last year-and-a-half, and we're giving them some help as well. They do some counselling for different aspects of retirement and give rehabilitation and that, and so we're helping them.

'Our main sponsor this year is DHL, and Ptarmigan Aviation, which is my own company. We're expecting about forty or fifty riders for the cycle - there seems to be a lot of interest, and hopefully it will be the first of many cycles.'

This year's Fingal Charity Cycle will bypass many of Fingal's heritage sites including Skerries Mills, Four Knocks and Ardgillan Castle to name a few, and promises to be a cycle with a difference.

The Swords and District Lions Club 'Fingal Charity Cycle Event' takes place on Saturday August 25 at 9am (briefing 8am) at The Carnegie Court Hotel.

Entry fee: €20 per cyclist Contact: Michael Clince 086-8141214.

All funds raised go to Snowflakes and Swords Men's Shed.

Fingal Independent