Naas cyclists stage Saplings fundraiser

65km or 110km course options

Paul O'Meara


Paul O'Meara


Naas cyclists stage Saplings fundraiser

Naas Cycling Club's annual Tour de Foothills takes place on Sunday April 15

Naas Cycling Club’s annual Tour de Foothills takes place on Sunday, April 15.

The event is a fundraiser for Saplings Special School in Kill, the co-educational autism specific facility which provides high quality education for pupils with special needs.

The school offers child centred autism specific education which draws on a range of evidence-based interactions.

There are about 24 students attending the school between the ages five and 18, and all have a primary diagnosis of autism and a secondary diagnosis of mild, moderate or severe/profound learning disability. Some of the students have another diagnosis such as epilepsy, ADHD or ADD.

Last year the cycle raised €13,000 for the school and money raised from the event has helped to provide a new sensory room, an adaptive climbing wall and specialised equipment. Fundraising has also helped to provide teaching hours.

The cost of taking part in the event is €25 for adults on the day, €22 (including a €2 admin fee) online and €10 for those under 16. All Cycling Ireland members must present their cycling licence at sign in and a €5 one day licence is required for non-cycling members.

The event takes place over two routes and both start at 9.30am at Ford Finlay Naas. There will be support vehicles and road markings and refreshments will be provided. Everybody must have a helmet.

The 65 kilometre route takes in Eadestown, Blessington, Manor Kilbride, Lacken, Valleymount, Ballymore Eustace and Punchestown.

The 110 km route also takes in Hollywood, Donard, Glen of Imaal, Dunlavin and Kilcullen as well as the aforementioned places.