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Over €53,000 donated to Kenmare and Castletownbere charities

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CHARITY CHEQUE: A cheque for €53,915 raised from this year's Ring of Beara Cycle was presented to charities in the Brooklane Hotel, Kenmare last Wednesday. 

 

The Ring of Beara Cycle Committee has presented cheques to six local charities who are benefitting from this year’s event. Volunteers who helped organise and run the event were also praised for their commitment and community spirit.

Castletownbere Community Hospital, Castletownbere Day Care Centre, Kenmare Family Resource Centre, Kenmare Special Olympics, Kenmare Special Needs Group, and St John of God Services Kenmare were on hand to receive their donations totalling €53,915 from the Ring of Beara Organising Committee.

The Ring of Beara Cycle took place on Saturday, May 25 when the people of Kenmare and the Beara Peninsula welcomed more than 4400 cyclists from all over Ireland and around the globe for the popular event.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of the local people, businesses and organisations whose help went a long way in ensuring the event’s success,” Mickey Ned O’Sullivan, Chairperson of the Ring of Beara Organising Committee, said.

“We are thrilled to donate €53,915 and give something back to the local charities which I hope will help them continue with the excellent work they do for their local communities in Kenmare and Castletownbere.”

Darren Lynch, Member of the Ring of Beara Cycle Organising Committee added that he would like to thank all the volunteers without whom this event would not be possible. “Because of their hard work along with the cyclists we are very pleased to be in a position to make a difference to local charities,” he said.

“Castletownbere Community Hospital provide such a vital service to the local community here in West Cork. We are all looking forward to next year’s event already and being able to contribute again to local charities.”

The Ring of Beara Cycle 2020 will take place on May 23, 2020 – with entries going on general sale on Wednesday, September 25. Past-participants will have access to a pre-sale on Tuesday 24. The event sold out in less than 24 hours last year. Cyclists will experience the magnificent scenery of the mountains, valleys and the rugged coastline of the Beara Peninsula, as well as the famed local hospitality.

Cyclists pass through picturesque and quaint towns, including Ardgroom, Eyeries, Allihies, Castletownbere, Adrigole and Glengarriff. Participants will enjoy music, food and chat at the fully stocked food stations dotted along the routes.

The event will finish with a great party atmosphere and superb facilities including hot food, hot tubs, massage, entertainment and finishers’ medal for all cyclists.

If you would like to volunteer for the event please contact info@eliteevents.ie.

For more information please visit www.ringofbearacyclekenmare.com.For more information contact Annette Grealish annette@eliteevents.ieor 087 6024621

 

 

 

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Shoebox appeal is biggest yet for Faha kids

By Michelle Crean It’s no wonder Faha pupils have a big smile on their faces as this year’s Team Hope Shoebox Appeal is their biggest yet! The children happily packed and wrapped 140 shoeboxes which will be sent to children in need throughout the world. The school has been doing the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal […]

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It’s no wonder Faha pupils have a big smile on their faces as this year’s Team Hope Shoebox Appeal is their biggest yet!

The children happily packed and wrapped 140 shoeboxes which will be sent to children in need throughout the world.

The school has been doing the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal for approximately six years when parent, Margaret Scully, initially contacted one of the SNAs, Delia O’ Shea, wondering if they’d be interested in taking part. Since then the appeal has been wholeheartedly supported by the pupils, staff and extended Faha NS community.

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