SIXTY cyclists have now signed up for the Malin to Mizen adventure, the 659-kilometre sponsored cycle being undertaken by Team Dave Riordan later this year.
The funds raised will help to buy a simulator riding horse for a new centre currently being built at Liskennet by the Charleville-based St Joseph’s Foundation. The Granagh centre will provide sheltered but independent living accomodation for adults and young people with autism or aspergers syndrom and will have a therapeutic equestrian unit attached.
Last Friday, details of the centre were on display in the Granagh Community Centre while David Doyle and Eamon McCarthy explained how the dream was now turning into reality at Liskennet.
Maurice Riordan, brother of the late Dave Riordan, also explained to the large attendance, how they planned to organise the sponsored cycle. Originally, a band of 40 cyclists had signed up for the event but enthusiasm has pushed that number up to 60 with twelve subs.
A sponsorship drive will run over the next six months in a bid to raise the €26,000 needed for the simulator, which will have therapeutic value for those with autism and will also be used to introduce them to riding on live horses. The Liskennet Centre is expected to be completed later this year.