Pictured with cyclist Sean Kelly are Hannah Murray, 3, Patrick Murray, Anna Moloney, Gerard O'Malley, Alan Reidy, Ann O'Malley, Carmel O'Connor, and Aoife Murray from Limerick Branch Down Syndrome
A PELOTON of charitable cyclists have raised close to €300,000 for Down Syndrome Ireland as part of the annual Tour de Munster event this year.
After raising a “phenomenal” €294,637, the provincial cycle reached a new milestone, having accumulated more than €2.1m in charitable donations since it started in 2001.
The 100-person peloton passed through Limerick during the 600km tour, from August 10 to August 13. And a new addition to this year’s Tour de Munster was the option for cyclists to select their own beneficiary.
Cliona’s Foundation benefited from this year’s Tour de Munster.
Paul Sheridan, who founded Tour de Munster, said that he could not be prouder of the occasion and its many participants over the years.
Speaking at the cheque presentation, he said: “We are over the moon to have surpassed the €2.1m mark for the Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland.”
Tour de Munster liaison officer and participant, Phil Keohane said that it “has been an amazing experience and journey for everyone in Down Syndrome Ireland.
“So many friendships have been formed between the organisation, the families and the cyclists. The tremendous fundraising work and awareness campaign improves the lives of so many Munster families, and this is what makes Tour de Munster so special. I’d like to thank all involved for their incredible dedication and hard work. DSI families, staff, and the DSI community will be forever in your debt.”
Former pro cyclist Sean Kelly once again took to the roads of Munster with the group for the full four days of the Tour.