Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle wheeling in 35-years as Irelands largest one-day charity fundraising event
Monday 26th February 2018: The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is celebrating 35 years’ as Irelands largest one-day charity fundraising event. Taking place on Saturday the 7th July this year, registration for the charity cycle will open on the 10th of March and the event is expected to see 10,000 recreational cyclists take part, with a small number of locals readying their High Nelly vintage bikes for the cycle again this year.
Cyclists signing up to complete the scenic 175 km fun cycle, will be raising money for 14 carefully selected main beneficiary charities this year and choosing one to fundraise for. There are 30 additional charities associated with the event also allocated funds from the registration proceeds. Funds raised to date have contributed towards new hospital extensions, special needs facilities, care for the elderly, suicide prevention, sea and mountain rescue, cancer, kidney and end of life support and more.
The main beneficiary charities chosen this year has expanded from 10 to 14 to include national charities such as Pieta House, the Irish Kidney Association and Enable Ireland, all of whom do compelling work for communities across Munster and Ireland.
The 2018 Main Beneficiary Charities can be categorised into disability support services, cancer and family support services and community as follows:
Disability Support Services
Buy a Bus Campaign – Kerry Parent & Friends Association
Down Syndrome Ireland
Irish Kidney Association
St. Mary of the Angels (intellectual disability residential care)
Cancer & Family Support Services
Breakthrough Cancer Research
Bru Columbanus (Family accommodation for seriously ill)
Kerry Hospice Foundation
Caherciveen Social Services
Irish Community Rapid Response
KDYS – helping all young people reach their potential- by equipping them to become stronger, more resilient with a set of skills which last a lifetime.
St. Joseph’s Home, Killorglin
“With 35 years of experience behind us, our goal for 2018 is to help people make the most of their achievements by creating a fun and inclusive event and giving them more choice in charities to support. Our main beneficiary charities have expanded this year from 10 to 14 and include national and local charities who do great work in the communities but need our help to continue. We are looking forward to welcoming all 14 charities, our many cyclists and invaluable volunteers in July to celebrate 35 years of the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.” – Tony Daly, Chairman, Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.
The registration fee, for 2018 is €100.00 plus a 3.5% service fee. Cyclists can choose to fundraise for their selected charity through an online fundraising page with Everyday Hero or sponsorship cards. Cyclists can pre-order their official Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle Jerseys at registration.
“There are many great projects and initiatives which will benefit from funds raised and if you choose to fundraise, every euro will go directly to your chosen charity. Registrations will take place on a first come first served basis and we are encouraging all participants to keep an eye on our social channels for regular updates including preparation tips and how your fundraising efforts are positively affecting the charities involved” added Cathal Walshe, PRO Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.