Over 60 cyclists completed a 120km cycle from LoughMahon in Cork city to Kenmare, Co Kerry last Autumn and in the process raised €18,400 in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs Association and Ringmahon Rangers “Books n Boots” Scheme.
Cork Lord Mayor Des Cahill and Olympic Medallist Rob Heffernan were guests of honour at a presentation of the Cycle Challenge proceeds last week. The cyclists were all employees of LoughMahon based companies including PM Group, Ronan Daly Jermyn, O’Leary Insurances, The Mater Private Cork, Intel Security, SolarWinds and John Cleary Developments. They came together to raise funds for the Irish Guide Dogs Assistance Dog Programme for families of children with autism, and the Mahon based “Books n Boots” Scheme, a new initiative between Ring Mahon Rangers and the local secondary school, Nagle College which aims to support school going young people in the Mahon area.
The cycle event was also generously supported by local businesses including Dukes Coffee, J McCarthy Cycles, Dave Long Coach Travel, The Eccles Hotel and Johnson & Perrott Motors. To all the participants and to everyone that made donations a big Thank You!
"We believe our collective approach as a business community in LoughMahon Cork can make a great positive contribution. We plan to roll our bikes out again in September 2017 for more worthy causes. We're aiming to raise more money, have an even better event, and make a difference in our local community". Said PM Group's Barry McDermott who was one of the event's key organisers.
Also introduced at the event were plans for the Langton Community Garden project, a new initiative in association with Ringmahon Rangers and the Bessborough Centre to provide a social outlet outlet for local young people and promote awareness of health and nutrition through growing food in a new community fruit and vegetable garden within the grounds of Bessborough House.
Pictured above L-R:
John Fitzgerald, Ringmahon Rangers AFC; Padraig Mallon, Irish Guide Dogs Association; Keith Harrington, Ringmahon Rangers AFC; Lord Mayor, Des Cahill; Rob Heffernan, Olympic Medallist; Barry McDermott, PM Group; Graham Power, O’Leary Insurances; Ricky Kelly, Ronan Daly Jermyn and Ubi the Guide Dog.