Although the poor weather conditions effected the turnout of the first charity cycle in support of the Milltown based Jumping Jelly Beans Club it did not dampen the spirits of those that braved the elements in the Discover the Plains Cycle which commenced at Lumville House on Sunday morning last.
Routes from 100 kilometres, 80 kilometres and 60 kilometres were on offer for the seasoned cyclist while the 20 kilometres, ten kilometres and five kilometres were available for the family and children entries .
This was the first venture between the Newbridge Cycling Club and Jumping Jelly Beans and it was agreed by both clubs that now we have made the start it can only improve as we forward into planning for next year and indeed beyond.
Cycling in general has had an explosion in the last few years and not a weekend has been left vacant on the national calendar with huge funding been raised for charities all over the country.
Some of the big charity events which have sprung up in the last few years started out small and with time and effort they have become very, very successful.
Jumping Jelly Beans founded in 2009 by Milltown Foroige Youth Club, was set up to help integrate young people with special needs in the Milltown area with the youth from Foroige .
With eight children in this special category it was recognised that through the inclusion in sport would be the best format to start with, as health and fitness was a big concern for parents.
With the numbers quickly increasing to twelve within a short space of time the success of this initiative soon became apparent and the word spread fast and a waiting list for the Jumping Jelly Beans Club grew.
In November that year (2009) two new clubs were established one in Newbridge and one in Naas and now in 2012 two more clubs opened in Rathangan and Athy.
To date Jumping Jelly Beans caters for over children with special needs ranging from Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Global Development Delay and Down Syndrome. They have also over one hundred volunteers spread throughout the county of Kildare.
The Jumping Jelly Beans success is most certainly due to Roisin Malone’s dedication to children and she initially set up a school for children with Autism from her own home in Milltown.
Newbridge Cycling Club were delighted to support the Jumping Jelly Beans and we would like to thank all those that took part in the Discover the Plains Cycle Spin, in particular the children and families who braved the elements.
Newbridge CC would also like to thank all the helpers with the signage and the preparation of the refreshments, which was well appreciated. Thanks also to all the support drivers who made it possible to undertake this event. The club would like to pay a special thanks to Nigel Glynn Bikeology, unit 3-4 Monread Commercial and Leisure Centre, Naas for his technical support. You can visit Jumping Jelly Beans website to find out more on www.jumpingjellybeans-jjs.com.