Proving that, even in these tougher economic times, the people of Co Leitrim are ready, willing and able to support a worthy cause, organisers of the annual 80km South Leitrim Charity Cycle got together last Friday night in Mohill to officially hand over €23,500 in funds raised through this year’s event.
The bulk of the funds, €20,000 was presented to North West Hospice representative, John Kelly, by organiser Tracey Kivlehan and additional funds were also set aside for presentation to a second charity which will be chosen by one of the participating cyclists in a special draw.
€500 was also donated to the Order of Malta who provided medical backup on the day of the cycle.
Over 90 cyclists participated in this years event which saw them pedal their way from Mohill to Dromod, through Drumsna and Jamestown, Carrick-on-Shannon, into Drumshanbo and Ballinamore and finally through Fenagh and back to Mohill. Participants in the cycle ranged from just 10 years of age through to a rather sprightly 74.
Speaking at the special presentation in Clarke’s Hotel, Mohill last Friday night, Tracey said that she was delighted with this year’s fund-raising, especially considering the tougher economic times that Irish families were now facing.
She thanked everyone who participated in the cycle and also thanked the Order of Malta, the gardai who assisted on the day, Joe Reynolds who assisted the cyclists and provided a welcome lift in times of need, to Lachlan Burns and the Looney Hoppers for providing the inspirational music, to Sylvia Sexton and the bucket collectors who travelled with the cyclists and also to her parents Annette and Sylvester Kivlehan for their support and encouragement.
A special thank you also went out to the sponsors especially the Ramada Hotel and Suites who provided the lunches, Peter Logan, Sean Clarke, Eurospar in Mohill, Pat The Baker, Gallaghers Bakery and Fintan Greenan.
Thanks also to official photographer, Therese Foy, Gavin Gordon, Paul and Melissa Foy, Rosemary and Ursula and ‘chefs’ Gerry Costello and Pauric Murphy - who provided the BBQ, Joe McGovern for setting up the facebook page and website and Pat O’Toole in Fenagh.
“It’s was a great day and everyone and we’ve been able to raise a lot of money for the Hospice again. We’re delighted,” said Tracey. “I’d like to thank everyone who was involved and a big thank you to all the people who sponsored our cyclists for being so generous. All the funds raised are going to a very good cause.”
As part of the presentation the cyclists themselves got the chance to win a selection of spot prizes donated by C&D Medical Hall, Cox’s Steakhouse in Dromod, John James McKeon’s pub in Mohill, 4Get Me Not Florists in Mohill, Baxters Centra Supermarket, Leitrim Crystal, the Copper Still Pub in Dromod and Kierans Pharmacy.
Following the presentations they danced the night away to music by Tom Moran.