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Killarney teen completes 36 hour cycle for charity

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MEGA CYCLE: Josh Hewerdine from Ballytrasna, cycled for 36 hours over three days to raise funds for Kerry Cancer Support Group.

By Michelle Crean

A keen young Killarney cyclist, who found he had extra time on his hands - completed a mega task by cycling for 36 hours over three days - to raise funds for a Kerry cancer charity.

 

Josh Hewerdine from Ballytrasna, who turns 16 on May 11, decided to put others before himself and took on the mammoth task last weekend.

Josh has raised over €1,000 of his €2,000 target for Kerry Cancer Support Group, and is hoping for some more donations by leaving the page up for the next week or so.

“I got the idea as loads of people were doing it for charity online,” Josh, a member of Killarney Cycling Club, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“My grand-uncle, my dad’s uncle Graham, died a few weeks ago and he used the bus. He was dedicated to it and I thought it’d be a nice way to help them. I was trying to raise money as people are in difficult times. The bus helps loads of people to get them where they need to be.”

Josh, son of Lisa and Craig, began his long cycle on his stationary bike at home on Saturday last and finished on Monday, only taking short breaks to eat and use the toilet.

He used a simulated cycle game called ‘Spike’ to pass the time and also watched Netflix.

“I was in a bit of pain in the end but now I feel unreal. It’s a massive achievement.”

To donate, go to GoFundMe: 12 hours a day × 3 Days.

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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