Wednesday 21 March 2018

Johann's on his bike for hospice

Gemma Harper, Richard Davis, Johann Davis, Cian Davis and front row Lily Harper
Gemma Harper, Richard Davis, Johann Davis, Cian Davis and front row Lily Harper
Nathan Harford & Johann Davis

John Manning

A Balbriggan man and seven of his colleagues from Bewley's are heading off on a mammoth cycle around Ireland to mark Ireland's Biggest Coffee Morning for the Irish Hospice Foundation.

Along the 600km route, Johann Davis and his colleagues will visit seven hospices around the country and hand them each a cheque for €1,000.

The intrepid cyclists will start their journey by train from Dublin to Tralee where they official start of their mammoth cycle takes place.

Tralee Hospice will the first to benefit from the epic cycle before the cyclists head off on the first leg of the trip to Limerick. On day two, the cyclists will go from Limerick to Clare and then onto Galway and on the final day, they leave Galway for Tullamore and visit two hospices in Dublin at the end of the trip, in Harold's Cross and Raheny.

Johann said this is the third time he has been involved in the event and said he is happy to help out the hospice movement in any way he can.

'I think everyone has been touched by the work of the hospice, I had an aunt that that they helped a lot and my mother has had friends who have been helped by the hospice,' Johann said.

The Balbriggan man, who incidentally was born in 1974 and was named after Johann Cruyff by his soccer-mad dad, said he loves visiting the hospices along the way.

'We always get a tour and it's great to meet all the volunteers - they are brilliant. There are even hairdressers and gardeners giving up their own time to help - it's all these little things that people don't think of that really make a difference.'

Johann and his colleagues had to do some fundraising prior to the trip and to that end, and as a keen marathon and distance runner with Balbriggan Roadrunner, he held a 5k race in Balbriggan.

There was a brilliant atmosphere and high spirits as always with Balbriggan roadrunners it was a 5km a fun run/walk in which over 60 participated and raised €460 - Nathan Harford was the first one home.

Irelands Biggest Coffee morning is on Thursday, September 14 - text COFFEE to 50300 to donate €4.

Fingal Independent