Rugby star lines out for Limerick charity cycle

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

On your bike: Ava, Brenna and Ali Carew from Holycross, Bruff joined Alan Quinlan and at the launch of Clionas Foundation fundraising cycle on August 29
HE made a name for himself in the red of Munster and the green of Ireland and this week rugby legend Alan Quinlan donned the Cliona Foundation lycra cycling jersey ahead of the charity’s fundraising endeavour on August 29.

HE made a name for himself in the red of Munster and the green of Ireland and this week rugby legend Alan Quinlan donned the Cliona Foundation lycra cycling jersey ahead of the charity’s fundraising endeavour on August 29.

The former Munster, Irish and Lions star who is now a TV pundit joined members of the Cliona’s Foundation Cycle for the launch of the foundation’s eighth annual cycle which will take place on Saturday, August 29 starting from the Honey Fitz Theatre in Lough Gur.

Featuring three routes including a 10km for kiddies and funsters, a 40km family cycle and the 90km Cliona’s Foundation Challenge, the organisers have appealed to cyclists of all levels of ability with this event.

“I am delighted to be able to support Cliona’s Foundation. I think that they are a wonderful organisation and I really admire the work that they do,” said Alan Quinlan at the launch.

“Their annual cycle is a great family day out and I would encourage people of all ages to get involved.”

This year, the cycling club are appealing to families to join them on their new 40km route which is aimed at families and leisure cyclists.

Following the cycle, there is a barbecue, face painting, music and a bouncy castle to keep the entire family entertained.

Halfords in Limerick will be providing a free bike check to everybody participating in the cycle on the day.

Cliona’s Foundation provides financial assistance to critically ill children all over Ireland.

Founded in 2007 by Brendan and Terry Ring, in memory of their daughter Cliona who died of an inoperable brain tumour, Cliona’s Foundation has raised in excess of €870,000 already, helping more than 320 families across Ireland.

Cliona’s Foundation receives no financial state support and relies on the generosity of the public for support and to ensure its continuity.

To take part in this year’s cycle, members of the public can register online by logging onto www.eventmaster.ie or on the day, with registration starting at 8.30am in the Honey Fitz Theatre.

Entry is €25 for the experienced cyclists and €30 per family for the 40km family cycle and 10km kiddies cycle.

Entry fee includes barbecue and entertainment on the day. Sponsorship cards are available by contacting Cliona’s Foundation on 061-331333.

Sponsorship cards with €100 or more raised will be included in a draw for a €250 cycling voucher.

If you would like to learn more about Cliona’s Foundation, donate, or apply for financial assistance please visit www.clionasfoundation.ie