Wednesday 19 December 2018

More than 100 riders turn out to cycle for Remember Us club

Balbriggan Beat

Tom Gibbons, Bill Winters, Joey Russell, Ricardo Bartolomeu, Stephen Byrne, Danny Farrell and Mick McGuire at the Remember Us cycle
Tom Gibbons, Bill Winters, Joey Russell, Ricardo Bartolomeu, Stephen Byrne, Danny Farrell and Mick McGuire at the Remember Us cycle
Susan O'Neill and Karen Butterly at the Remember Us cycle.
Ruth Jenkinson and Patrick Rogers at the Remember Us cycle.

The fifth annual charity cycle in aid of Fingal's favourite special needs club, Remember Us has been declared a huge success as the sun beat down on over 100 cyclists who quite literally got on their bikes to help the charity out.

Remember Us founder, Nora Roban on behalf of all the club's members and supporters issues a 'massive thank you to all the cyclists who took part'.

Nora said: 'Our members say a big thank you to Robbie Knight from Mid Knight Electrical for sponsoring the event once again this year. A big thanks also goes out to Matt, Philip and Mick for putting in a massive amount of work organising the event.'

Nora added: 'Thanks also goes to the following for their support: Tesco Distribution Centre; DHL; Irish Centre for Cycling; Ring Commons Sports Centre; Jake and Ciaran for Cooking the lovely Burgers and to all our marshals and volunteers for organising registration and refreshments.'

Noran added: ' Thanks also to the local gardaí and the Irish Red Cross for their support. If I have left anyone out I am sorry but thank you also.'

All the money raised on the day has now been counted and Nora reports the cycle raised over €4,000.

The charity will use the money raised as a contribution towards the running cost of its new base in Balbriggan.

Some of the money will also be used to put in new ramps and signage at the Balbriggan building which the charity now calls home.

The Remember Us Charity Cycle is one of the charity's flagship fundraisers of the year and its fifth annual Charity Cycle event set off from Ring Commons Sports Centre on Saturday, May 26.

Participants had the choice of a taking on a 40km or a 70km route so there was a challenge to suit everyone.

The event was sponsored by DHL and is also supported by Mid-Knight Electrical with logistics support from the Irish Centre for Cycling.

As well as the cycling, there was a barbecue for the hungry riders and lots of spot prizes and loads of fun laid on for the day.

Remember Us have achieved the dream of owning their own home with securing a base in Balbriggan after some mammoth fundraising.

But the fundraising continues apace to raise the necessary cash to fit out the property to meet the special needs of Remember Us club members.

The charity cycle is a major part of that fundraising drive which is now well advanced and will be helped enormously by these merry band of cyclists who will sweated for the cause.

Well done to all the cyclists that participated and once again showed what tremendous support this charity has locally.

Its work benefits so many families around the county and the esteem its held in was evident from this event.

Remember Us is a Fingal charity that provides a lifeline for families with children who have special needs all over the county and beyond. All the proceeds from the cycle will go to the charity.

Fingal Independent