Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle

Michael McCarthy from Ardfert has said he would love to take part in this year’s Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, but he can’t because he has Multiple Sclerosis and is confined to a wheelchair.

Full of life and positivity, he is client of Baile Mhuire Day Care Centre for Older Persons in Tralee which has been fortunately chosen as one of the main beneficiary charities for the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle 2018 (ROKCC).

Registration opens on this Saturday, March 10 at 8am on their website (http://www.ringofkerrycycle.ie/) and Michael has invited able-bodied cyclists to participate in this year’s showpiece with a view to raising much needed funds to develop a new multipurpose unit at the centre in Caherslee, Tralee.

The Development Officer at Baile Mhuire, Aidan Kelly, said: “We can all relate to needing help and support at one point or another in our life. The only difference is the kind of help.

For the people who have survived a Stroke, and who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis and Early Dementia, their help currently lies within an empty building. We plan on making use of it and developing it into a Multipurpose Unit.

This unit along with our committed staff and volunteers will provide the care and support genuinely needed for Stroke Survivors, Multiple Sclerosis and Early Dementia sufferers to continue safely living in their home, staying connected to their family, their neighbours and their community. For some this is the only independence they have left. Please help us to help them and choose Baile Mhuire as your Ring of Kerry Cycle Charity for 2018.”

Taking place on Saturday, July 7, the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is celebrating 35 years as Ireland’s largest one-day charity fundraising event.

Up to 10,000 recreational cyclists from around the country are set to take part, with a small number of locals readying their High Nelly vintage bikes for the cycle again this year.

The registration fee, for 2018 is €100 plus a 3.5% service fee and Michael is asking cyclists to fundraise for Baile Mhuire through an online fundraising page with Everyday Hero or sponsorship cards. Cyclists can pre-order their official Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle Jerseys at registration.

Aidan Kelly said that some of his colleagues in Baile Mhuire will be registering to cycle: “A little help from everyone can go a very long way and support will be given at any and all stages by Baile Mhuire staff and Board.”

Any cyclists who may be interested in fundraising for Baile Mhuire Day Care Centre for Older Persons in Tralee are welcome to contact Amanda Whelan on 085 2440400 or email rokccbailemhuire@gmail.com