Seven members of the team at Sport for Business’ recruitment partner Sigmar are preparing to cycle from Paris to Nice in a bid to raise much needed funds for their chosen charity this year – Saplings School in Goresbridge, County Kilkenny.

The team will cover 750 kilometres in six days getting underway on September 9th.

Saplings is a special school for children aged 5 to 18 with autism and complex needs in the Kilkenny area. All students have a primary diagnosis of autism and a secondary diagnosis of a mild, moderate, or severe to profound learning disability.

The target is to raise €30,000 to help the school create sensory rooms and build specialized indoor and outdoor play areas for the students, that will help the students to grow, learn and develop.

“I’m delighted we’re able to undertake this project for Saplings Goresbridge,” said Sigmar’s Marketing and Communications Manger and Kilkenny native Julia Purcell.

“Having met the kids and staff members of the school, I’m more determined than ever to help them hit the fundraising goals to complete the project. The staff and kids of Saplings are inspirational and deserve a facility that reflects this.”

The team are not just cycling 750km to fundraise but once the target is achieved, they will help complete the manual labour involved in the project along with 40 colleagues.

This will be done in partnership with Difference Days who organise CSR initiatives.

“We are thrilled and honoured to run this project. The team are training hard for the cycle, but that may be the easy bit,” added CEO Adie McGennis.

“We are covering all our own expenses, but need to raise €30,000 to cover the costs of the project. Having seen some of the Difference Days team’s other projects and spoken to Julia about the school in Goresbridge, it will be an incredible but emotional project, that I’m thrilled we are supporting.”

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