The annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is back, with registration for the 2019 event opening this Thursday at 12:00PM via their website www.ringofkerrycycle.ie. The cycle takes place on Saturday 6th July.
If you’re looking to do something special this summer, why not experience the feeling of taking part in Ireland’s largest single day charity fundraising event? Thousands of leisure cyclists are expected to take part in this year’s 175km Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, with places limited to 8,000 this year to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
This year’s theme, #ExperienceTheFeeling, highlights the different ways everyone can experience the cycle. Whether its volunteering, cycling, fundraising, or attending the event on the day – all support is equally important to the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle and is truly an amazing experience to be part of.
This year, 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. The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is delighted to welcome some familiar faces and some new faces this year, all of whom will hugely benefit from the donations raised for new equipment to help patients, funding for staff and building extensions for special facilities etc.
• 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’s of Angels – SMOA 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
Speaking at the launch, Bridget McGuire, Chairperson for the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, said; “I am delighted to be working with the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle this year. For the past 36 years, it has been a significant charity fundraising event and I know it holds a special place in the hearts of Kerry people. 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, 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 Thursday.
Cathal Walshe, PRO for the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, added that; “Registration for the event is on a first come first served basis. 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.”
As mentioned above, places are limited this year. To ensure your spot, visit the website below to register and have the chance to experience the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.
For more information and to register visit, www.ringofkerrycycle.ie