Students raise €150k for PWSAI

Andy Garrad, president of Maynooth Students for Charity, and sponsor Declan Kennedy of Brady's.
Maynooth Students for Charity, the organisation which runs the Galway Cycle, has announced that the final total for ther 2014 edition of the event has once again topped €150,000.

Maynooth Students for Charity, the organisation which runs the Galway Cycle, has announced that the final total for ther 2014 edition of the event has once again topped €150,000.

The students prsented Anthony Carr, of recipient charity Prader Willi Association of Ireland (PWSAI), with the cheque at a ceremony in Maynooth last Friday evening, September 5.

Presentations were also made to major sponsors Brady’s Clockhouse in Maynooth and Applegreen.

More than 230 cyclists completed the 400km cycle over the last weekend of March earlier this year.

The route goes from Maynooth to Galway on the Friday, and back again on Sunday.

It’s the 27th year of the event and organiers were particularly delighted that the final figure once again, for the third year in a row, topped €150,000.

Announcing the final figure, treasurer Dave Hickey noted that 2014 had been a more challenging environment for all charities following the scandals relating to that sector last November.

And while initial figures for this year’s Galway Cycle were down slightly, organisers were delighted to note that almost €40,000 has trickled in to the coffers since the end of March.

Prader Willi Syndrome is a rare genetic condition characterised by symptoms such as a constant drive to ea, obesity, low muscle tone, gross motor delays, scoliosis, sleep disturbances, cognitive disabilities, behavioural issues, anxiety, features of autism and speech difficulties.

PWSAI is an entirely volunteer run organisation.

The funding from the Galway Cycle will be used to fund research, conferences and information packs for new parents and medical professionals.