The 5th annual Cystic Fibrosis Cycle from Malin Head in Donegal to Mizen head in Cork was undertaken by 40 amateur volunteer cyclists recently, with local amateur cyclist Brian King undertaking the challenge for the first time this year. Brian was seen around the local highways and byways in the past few months training for the event. The cycle which is 620 km long, is a real test of stamina for volunteer cyclists and it is broken down into 4 manageable sections with lengths varying from 147km to 168km daily. The group of 40 amateur riders also require outriders on motorcycles and a support staff to transport the cyclists “gear” from place to place over the 4 days in late May. In this respect Cystic Fibrosis Ireland was hugely appreciative of the assistance of Fred Kilmartin, Ford Dealers who sponsored a new Ford Transit van for the duration of the cycle. Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease that primarily affects the lungs and the digestive system. It affects 1300 individuals in Ireland. Funds raised by the cyclists (circa €100,000) will be used by CF Ireland to support families during periods of illness and/or hospitalisation, as well as research and equipment. Noel Madden from the Ballinasloe Branch of CF Ireland was a volunteer support driver for the duration of the Malin to Mizen challenge and was presented a van by Michael Kelly, Micheal Dean and Teresa Kilmartin, of Fred Kilmartin Motors Ltd for the challenge.
Although the cycle has completed, the fundraising campaign has not, and donations can still be made here: https://malin2mizen-cycle4cf-2019.everydayhero.com/ie/brians-spin
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