The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle has once again broken the million euro mark in terms of money raised for charity.
The final figure raised from the 35th year of the massively popular event was confirmed this week as €1,265,375.
Official charities associated with this year’s race were presented with their funds at a special reception at the INEC Killarney last weekend.
The cycle itself in July saw over 7,000 participants from Ireland and abroad arrive in Kerry to complete the 175KM cycle challenge around the scenic Ring of Kerry.
The 15 main beneficiaries were divided into three main groups which included Disability Support Services, Cancer and Family Support Services and Community Care.
Amongst the beneficiaries benefiting from the funds raised this year to improve and expand their services was the Ian O’Connell Trust charity. Ian appeared on the Late Late show back in May after an accident on a bike which left him paralysed from the neck down.
Ian inspired the nation with his very own life motto “If I can’t stand up I will stand out”. The funds raised will go towards assisting Ian with his rehabilitation and help with giving him the support he needs.
Along with the fifteen main beneficiaries that received donations, there were also twenty local communities that benefited from the event. Each of these local communities will receive a cheque of €2,000. The local communities were heavily involved in supporting, organising and volunteering for the Charity Cycle.
“We are very proud to once again have broken the €1 million mark for very worthy beneficiaries that will utilise the funds raised in various ways to improve and expand services for people across all walks of life,” said Cathal Walshe, PRO of the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.
“The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle become an iconic event over the past 35 years and has gone from strength to strength. This event would not be feasible if it wasn’t for the huge support from our organisers, charities and volunteers and of course the cyclists themselves who support us year after year. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2019.”