Bookings open up today for the annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle one of the biggest sporting charity events of the summer.
This year’s theme, #ExperienceTheFeeling, highlights the different ways everyone can experience the cycle with different emphases on volunteering, cycling, fundraising, or attending the event on the day.
The number of places on the cycle this year has been capped at 8,000 and cyclists will be raising funds for six carefully selected charities in Ireland.
Every year, the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle opens an application process for several charities to apply and become a beneficiary charity for the event. This years winners and their respective ambassadors have been revealed as
Aras Mhuire Nursing Home – Aras Mhuire endeavours to create a home environment and enhance the quality of life for their residents. Jimmy Deenihan will their ambassador this year.
Cúnamh Iveragh – Cúnamh Iveragh supports children and young adults with special intellectual needs. Kerry football legend, Maurice Fitzgerald, is a proud ambassador for Cúnamh Iveragh and the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle this year.
Breakthrough Cancer Research – The primary aim of Breakthrough Cancer research is to implement funding and support for their phenomenal research into cancer treatments in Ireland. Former Olympian David Gillick is their ambassador this year for the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle
Kerry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre – KRSAC provides professional, free and confidential counselling, information and support to those in need. Well known Irish journalist, Billy Keane, is an active ambassador for the centre this year.
Recovery Haven – Cancer Support House – Recovery Haven is a cancer support house which provides free cancer support services to the people of Kerry. Captain of the Irish Ladies Rugby Team and Recovery Haven Ambassador, Ciara Griffin, will be cycling the ring herself this year to raise vital funds for the cancer support house.
St Mary of the Angels – St Mary of the Angels is a home for people with physical and intellectual disabilities ranging from mild to moderate, and for many, it has been their home for most of their lives.
There are also an additional five charities who will be allocated funds from the registration proceeds;
• Camphill Community Dingle
• Brú Columbanus, Cork
• Ard Curam (Day Care Centre)
• Southwest Counselling Centre
• National Rehabilitation Centre Dublin
“For the past 36 years the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle has been a significant charity fundraising event and I know it holds a special place in the hearts of Kerry people,” said this year’s Chair Bridget McGuire.
“After raising over €1 million last year, our goal for 2019 is to continue to raise as much money as possible for our six new charities. We’re encouraging everyone to experience and participate in this year’s Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle in some way – whether it’s participating in the cycle, volunteering, working with the charities involved or supporting the event on the day.”
The registration fee for 2019 is €100 plus a 3.5% service fee. Cyclists can choose to fundraise for their selected charity through the online fundraising platform provided by Sport for Business member Everyday Hero, or sponsorship cards. The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle official merchandise includes a jersey or neck buff, both of which can be pre-ordered online once registration opens this morning.
“Registration for the event is on a first come first served basis.,” added Cathal Walshe, PRO for the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.
“We’re encouraging everyone who signs up to follow The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle on social media so they don’t miss any important announcements, training tips or details on how fundraising efforts will help your chosen charity. Every euro raised, will go directly to your chosen charity.”
For more information and to register visit, www.ringofkerrycycle.ie
Image Credit: Valerie O’Sullivan, Ribk of Kerry Charity Cycle