Student cyclists raise E67,000 for charity

The 2011 Galway Cycle has, so far, raised E67,000 in aid of Pieta House, the Centre for Prevention of Suicide and Self Harm.

The 2011 Galway Cycle has, so far, raised E67,000 in aid of Pieta House, the Centre for Prevention of Suicide and Self Harm.

This, the 24th running of the charity event, took place over the course of March 25, 26 and 27 and featured almost 140 cyclists who made their way from Maynooth to Galway and back.

They were accompanied by 60 support crew and collectors.

The cycle marks the end of a season of fundraising that began soon after Pieta House was elected as this year’s chosen charity last October. It is organised by Maynooth Students for Charity cycling club, a group which had humble beginnings in 1987 when 12 clerical students first made the arduous trip to Galway.

The convoy of cyclists and support crew, which was almost a kilometre long, left the college early on Friday morning, March 25, and after 7 hours 45 minutes of cycling they arrived into Eyre Square.

The return journey on the Sunday took just three minutes less. In the meantime they managed to raise E11,000 from the streets of Galway on the Saturday. Celbridge man Shane Lynn, who is president of Maynooth Students for Charity praised the work of all involved and said he was delighted with the success of the event.

“It was a wonderful weekend, a great life experience that was enjoyed by everyone who took part.

“Next year is the 25th anniversary of the Galway Cycle so we’re aiming to go even bigger then,” he told the Leinster Leader.

“And planning has already started.”