Maynooth students raise €151,007 for Jack and Jill Foundation

Maynooth Students for Charity have presented the Jack and Jill Foundation with a chequee for more than €151,000.

Maynooth Students for Charity have presented the Jack and Jill Foundation with a chequee for more than €151,000.

For the 26th year in a row, the big hearted students have, through the Galway Cycle, raised vitally needed funds for a good cause.

This, the 26th edition of the legendary Galway Cycle attracted a greater number of participants than ever before, with 242 cyclists leaving Maynooth early on the morning of Friday, March 22 last.

The cyclists arrived in Galway that evening before 6pm.

The following day they collected on the streets of Galway, and partied long into the night before getting up early on Sunday morning to cycle home again - a total of 250 miles, or 400kms.

While the numbers taking part was record breaking in and of itself, the conditions which faced them was considered to be the most extreme ever encountered by the Galway Cycle.

The temperature on the way home dropped well below zero as a strong wind buffetted the cyclists for 10 hours all the way home.

When everything was finally collected and accounted for, it reached €151,007, beating last year’s figure of €150,000.

Speaking at the presentation in Brady’s of Maynooth, Edele Monahan of Jack and Jill told the students they had provided the Johnstown-based charity with its biggest single contribution this year.

She thanked them profusely, aying it would provide thousands of nursing help for the coming months for very ill babies and their parents.

The donation brings to €1.1 million, the amount raised for various good causes over the last 26 years.

- Conor McHugh