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Monday 16 September 2019

Gearing up for Peter McVerry Trust 30th charity cycle

Broadcaster, Matt Cooper and CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, Pat Doyle with supporters, at the launch of the 30th anniversary Wexford Cycle at Arthur Cox, Dublin
Broadcaster, Matt Cooper and CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, Pat Doyle with supporters, at the launch of the 30th anniversary Wexford Cycle at Arthur Cox, Dublin

Maria Pepper

The Peter McVerry Trust which provides vital services and supports for homeless people is gearing up for its 30th annual Wexford fundraising cycle.

The event is one of the longest running charity cycles in Ireland, weaving its way from UCD through scenic spots in Counties Wicklow and Wexford, finishing with an evening of post-cycle celebrations in Wexford town.

The 30th anniversary cycle will see about 400 cyclists taking part, a big change from the first cycle in 1989 when four students from UCD set out to raise money for Peter McVerry's work on behalf of the homelessness.

It is now a key fundraising event held annually to enable the charity to continue offering crucial services to people who have nowhere to live.

With over 10,000 people currently homeless, public support is vital to help in the delivery of badly-needed services by the Trust which is headed by County Wexford man Pat Doyle as CEO.

The cycle is a fun day out for cyclists of all abilities, offering a chance to enjoy scene sights from the saddle, including the Sugarloaf Mountain and picturesque towns such as Laragh and Rathdrum.

Cyclists can choose from two route options - the traditional 135km route or the newly added 100km route.

Participants are free to travel the route at their own pace with plenty of pit stops along the way.

The event will end with a barbecue and music in Clayton Whites Hotel in Wexford.

People are encouraged to get on their bikes to join the cycle on Saturday, September 14.

For more information and registration details, visit https://pmvtrust.ie/get-involved/events/wexford-cycle/

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