Wednesday 22 November 2017

Charities benefit from cycling fundraisers

Ivan Dineen was among the players that helped to launch the charity cycle
Ivan Dineen was among the players that helped to launch the charity cycle

Daragh Small

A significant amount of money has been raised for hospices from a charity cycle last weekend from Cork to Galway which was organised by Munster Rugby partners Ronan Daly Jermyn Solicitors.

Munster Rugby's Ivan Dineen, Sean Dougall and Dave O'Callaghan were on hand to help them officially launch their cycle from Cork to Galway in aid of Marymount Hospice and Galway Hospice.

The team of 22 took to the road last weekend cycling from their Cork offices in Mahon all the way to Galway city.

Two worthy charities will now benefit from the cyclists' fundraising efforts – Marymount Hospice and Cork and Galway Hospice, both of whom provide palliative care to patients.

Meanwhile, the 'Live your Life!' cycle in aid of those suffering from motor neurone disease and their families will take place on the morning of July 19, beginning in Ballincollig RFC and heading to west Cork.

The event, which was originally created in the memory of Betty Rue and her family began in 2013 after her death from the disease in July of the previous year.

The cycle will be leaving Ballincollig and arriving to a great welcome from Betty's family and friends in Allihies that evening.

The staff of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMDA) were able to offer practical support and a sympathetic ear from diagnosis through to Betty's death and the fundraising cycle was a resounding success.

The full cycle begins at the rugby club in Ballincollig at 9.30am and will cover a distance of 133km while the half cycle will start at Cronin's Shop, Ballylickey and continue for 57km. The charity are urging the public to cycle with them, fundraise with them and follow them on Facebook to help raise awareness of the disease.

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