Lourdes to knock 2,000km 5 day cycling challenge – please support

June 5, 2019


On Tues 18th June, Robotic milking specialists and Lely Center Mullingar Co-owner/Founder, Alan Heaney who hails from Swinford, Co. Mayo is leading a group of 4 endurance cyclists on a MASSIVE 5 day 2,000 km ultra cycling challenge. Starting from Lourdes (south of France), up through France, across the English channel (by ferry), over England & Wales, across the Irish sea (by ferry) and down west to Knock in Co. Mayo, from start to finish in just 5 days.

This is an extremely tough, mental and physical challenge and along with cycling up to 400km per day, they will be roughing it at night and sleeping in small tents on the side of the road. They are doing it for 2 very worthy charities – Down Syndrome West & Raising awareness of mental health – anxiety and depression in farming . You might pass this onto your manager/business owners/decision makers, staff etc. as any contribution in any little way will be very greatly welcomed and appreciated.

2 charities

Down Syndrome West are based in Swinford, Co. Mayo. They were donated a house and some land by Máirt Cambell, who also donated 25% of his will so that his home could be transformed in to a centre for all of Connacht to advance the daily outcomes for people and their families with Down syndrome. The intention is to make the house fully accessible with a playground and use it as the west of Ireland’s focal point for the community.

Raising Awareness for mental health – depression & anxiety in farming families – we all know of the isolation, weather stresses, financial pressures etc. that occurs on many Irish farms and some really struggle with mental health and wellbeing…. Last year’s beautiful sunny weather which may have being a God send for most ordinary people actually placed financial, physical and emotional strain on many small to medium sized farms which unfortunately resulted in many farmers struggling with their mental health and some taking their lives.

The event is self-financed so 100% of all donations will go directly to the 2 charities above.

We have set up an online fundraising page, so please spread the word, share on Facebook, Twitter, whats app etc. as any small contribution will be kindly appreciated.

Anyone who would like to donate to these worthy causes please use this link https://www.gofundme.com/1nejnyo700

Thank you for your support,

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