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Lords and ladies of the Ring use pedal power to generate €1,737,700

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Figure this: €1,737,700 the final amount raised of money raised after 33rd Annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle 2016, now the biggest one-day charity fundraising event in Munster, attracting thousands of leisure cyclists completing 180km of spectacular Kerry landscape, while at the same time fundraising for Kerry-based charities. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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SOME 47 local charities were the winners when the grand total for this year’s Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle was totted up, reaching a whopping €1,737,700.

A total of 11,000 intrepid cyclists from across Ireland and beyond saddled up to cycle the scenic Ring of Kerry on July 2 with one shared goal – to use pedal power to generate money for many deserving local charities and this epic achievement was celebrated at a special function in the INEC on Friday night. “Fundraisers, supporters, organisers and charities alike are delighted to reveal that a staggering €1,737,700 was raised and this was divided amongst 47 local charities,” said cycle committee PRO Cathal Walshe.

Every year this event brings people together in an incredible act of generosity and this year is no different, added Cathal. “We are delighted to have raised such a huge amount again for such deserving local charities. This year more than 45 local charities will benefit from the generosity of our fundraisers and we couldn’t be more proud of that,” he said.
“The charities involved do incredible work all year round in our community and it’s a huge honour to be able to support them in this way once a year. It is always really special to see volunteers from the charities helping out on the day in July, thanking the fundraisers as they complete their journey.”

Cathal added: “Special thanks must go the hundreds of volunteers who give their time to make the cycle happen. 12 months of planning goes into organising and managing the cycle and this is done by a voluntary committee. Thanks must also go to our fantastic partners and sponsors Supervalu, SKODA, The Kerryman, Nature Valley, Bon Secours Hospital, and the Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce. With their support most of the running costs are covered.”

The 10 nominated Kerry based charities that will benefit from the money raised are; Aras Mhuire Nursing Home, Derrynane Inshore Rescue, Irish Kidney Association (Kerry branch), Pieta House: Suicide and Self Harm Crisis Centre (Kerry branch), Recovery Haven Kerry, South West Counselling Services Killarney, St Francis Special School, St Joseph’s Nursing Home, Killorglin, St Ita’s and St Joseph’s Post Primary Special School in Tralee and Talbot Grove.

Three second-tier charities received €10,000 with 34 additional charities receiving €2,000 each. “Everyone associated with the cycle are delighted and proud that the 2016 Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle has been such an amazing success,” added Cathal. “A huge thank you to everyone who fundraised and we hope to see you again in 2017! The planning has begun.”
 


 
Figure this: €1,737,700 the final amount raised of money raised after 33rd Annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle 2016, now the biggest one-day charity fundraising event in Munster, attracting thousands of leisure cyclists completing 180km of spectacular Kerry landscape, while at the same time fundraising for Kerry-based charities.
PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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