Kildare cyclists to travel the length of Ireland for charity

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Kildare cyclists to travel the length of Ireland for charity

Mona Jakobsone , Jamie Browne, Shane O'Reilly, Deirdre Keogh, Noreen Mallon, Ger Molloy, Richard Fleming, James McDonald, Liam Molloy, Gabriel Malone and Frank Maguire.

Members of Bush Cycling Club of Cut Bush, the Curragh are cycling from Mizen Head to Malin Head in August from 22-25, a distance of over 700 km (435 miles).  

The event is taking place is in aid of Neurofibromatosis Ireland (NF Ireland).  

It will be launched on  Saturday evening at Lawlor’s Hotel, Naas, at 8pm when there will be live music and spot prizes.

BCC’s  association with the charity stems from the fact that two club members have relatives that are affected by the disorder.  

The club members doing the cycle are Richard Fleming, Shane O'Reilly, Gabriel Malone, Frank Maguire, John Browne, Jamie Browne, Mona Jakobsone and Noreen Mallon.  

The objective is to raise at least €10,000 for the charity and money has already been gathered thanks to the opening of a GoFundMe page for the cycle.

A fundraising event drive has taken place at  the Whitewater shopping centre on June 16. Donations can be made at https://uk.gofundme.com/bush-cc-mizen-to-malin-2018.

Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic condition caused by a mutation in one of the genes.

There are two distinct types, NF1 and NF2.  

NF1 affects about 1 in 2,500 of the population which results in mild learning difficulties.

NF2 affects about 1 in 35,000 of the population which results nervous system tumours of the brain and spine, hearing loss and mobility issues. For further details about NF Ireland, please go to: http://www.nfaireland.ie/about-nf-ireland/