Vistakon staff in Limerick raise €100k for charity

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Pictured at the start of the cycle were: Mike McGuire, Reg Bennett, Jerry McMahon and John Willis, who work at the Limerick Johnson & Johnson facilities of Vistakon and Eithicon Picture: Adrian OHerlihy
JOHNSON & Johnson (J&J) staff from Limerick have completed a 300km charity cycle from Cork to Vistakon in Plassey, via Co Kerry.

JOHNSON & Johnson (J&J) staff from Limerick have completed a 300km charity cycle from Cork to Vistakon in Plassey, via Co Kerry.

They were raising money for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Dublin.Codenamed the Plant2Plant cycle, the event was taking place for a third consecutive year.

The ride started at Janssen Biologics in Cork and finished at the company’s Vistakon facility in Plassey the following evening. Around €100,000 has now been raised for the hospital.

The cyclists were supported on their journey by former cycling professional Stephen Roche.

It was split into two stages, with stage one taking the cyclists from Ringaskiddy in Co Cork to Killarney. Stage two saw the group travel to Limerick.

Some 160 staff got into the saddle. Split into smaller groups, they were accompanied by 20 support staff. The event was planned by a committee from across Ireland.

Kyran Johnson, the general manager of Janssen’s supply chain in Ireland said: “This event ensures that we, as employees, can give something back to the community in a meaningful way, while helping to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle! We are all so proud of this event as it demonstrates the power of team effort, but also highlights our ‘POWER of ONE’ theme, which focuses on how each one of us can make a positive difference in society.”

Mary McGrane, the corporate development manager of the children’s medical and research foundation in Our Lady’s Hospital, added: “We are delighted that the staff in J&J have chosen to support our Children’s Medical Research Foundation (CMRF) at Crumlin once again this year.”