Over €22,000 raised by charity cycle

The fifth annual South Leitrim 80km cycle in aid of the Northwest Hospice took place on Saturday, August 4th and was another outstanding success raising a whopping €22,635.

The fifth annual South Leitrim 80km cycle in aid of the Northwest Hospice took place on Saturday, August 4th and was another outstanding success raising a whopping €22,635.

Paddy Gaffney was the winner of the special draw and won €3,000 for his charity of choice which is the suicide and self harm crisis centre Pieta House in Lucan.

€500 will also go to the Order of Malta in recognition of their support again this year. All of the remaining €19,165 goes to the Northwest Hospice.

Speaking to the Leitrim Observer, event organiser, Tracy Kivlehan said: “We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the management and staff of The Lough Allen Ramada Hotel for their warm welcome and much anticipated and eagerly devoured lunch which they very kindly sponsored.

“We would also like to thank the following businesses whose continued support is invaluable to us: Maura and Gene Baxter in Centra, Mohill for donating all the water and snacks on the day; Fintan Greenan for the snacks; J’s hotel Mohill; Josie Creamer; Cox’s Bar and Restaraunt and The Copper Still both in Dromod and finally Pat the Bakers.

“A massive thank you to all our helpers who gave up their day for us: The Looney Hoppers and crew, Joe Reynolds and crew, Annette and Sylvester Kivlehan, Therese Foy, Chef: Gerry Costello and Alan, Bucket Collectors: Mary, Annella, Caroline, Janet and Sarah Louise, Aisling and Edel. Thank you also to everyone who sponsored our cyclists.”

Tracy said the biggest thank you however has to go to all our cyclists “who put in an amazing effort not only on the day but in their training and fundraising efforts in the weeks/months leading up to the cycle”.

“Asking people to sponsor you is a task that nobody enjoys and the work that these guys/gals put in is very much appreciated by all in the Northwest Hospice. So whether you were a first timer or one of our regulars, on behalf of everyone who benefits from your efforts.”