A GROUP of County Limerick cyclists who battled through rain and storm force gusts to raise funds for local good causes have seen all their hard work pay off.
Kilmallock Cycling Club’s Hub Tour which was held on April 14 last has raised €3,000 for a number of local organisations.
Despite ‘Hurricane Paddy’ rearing its head on Sunday, April 14 last, the same morning, 255 brave cyclists turned out to sign on and tackle the two different routes of 85km and 120km.
“It was thanks to these cyclists that we here at Kilmallock Cycling Club were able to raise substantial proceeds to donate to local organisations,” commented Carmel Ryan, PRO of Kilmallock Cycling Club.
“As a club we had decided to support our local organisations and €3,000 was raised for donation.”
Michael Barry of Kilmallock Social Services accepted the cheque for €750 on the organisation’s behalf. The Kilmallock Social Services cook and deliver dinners on a daily basis to those who are in need. They also visit the sick and elderly in hospital and the nursing home while organising chiropody and other activities for these people also.
Margaret Edwards and Peggy O’Connell were on hand from the Kilmallock Active Age Club to accept their cheque of €750. The club members meet up on Thursday to play bingo, cards, have a chat and take part in a number of other activities.
John Cooke of Colaiste Iosaef meanwhile, accepted the cheque of €750 for the secondary school.
Triona Neenan from the Limerick Regional Oncology Department accepted the cheque of €750 which they will use to improve their facilities. “We at Kilmallock Cycling Club would like to think that our donations through the Hub Tour will be of some beneficial help to each and everyone involved in the four organisations and we have the view that every little helps,” added Carmel Ryan.
Kilmallock Cycling Club is a growing leisure and racing club. Every year they welcome new cyclists to the club while encouraging and helping them along the way.
“Some of our more seasoned cyclists are well-known names on the race circuit but these are the same members who help our beginners every Wednesday evening to get on their way as they become stronger on the road,” Carmel explained.
The next big club day is on Sunday, September 1 when the club will hold their first official road race, entitled Ras Cill Mocheallog. “As it is impossible to thank everyone individually Kilmallock Cycling Club would just like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who played their part in raising some fantastic funds for our local organisations,” added Carmel.