Cycling for CF comes to Cork

TWO friends are on a 2,500km journey to help those living with Cystic Fibrosis.

Two young friends Conor Doyle and Cathal Phelan are doing a marathon bike ride around Ireland to raise funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis.

The lads left Dublin on Saturday 9th of October with the support of Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan TD and Fine Gael’s Spokesperson on Health Dr James Reilly TD.

The unsupported cycle, which will cover 2,500km around the entire coast of Ireland reaches Cork city tomorrow (Wednesday).

The boys had the idea to undertake the adventure after a growing sense of frustration and powerlessness which arose every time they visited their friend, Cystic Fibrosis patient Avril McCarthy, in hospital.

According to Avril: “When the boys first told me about their plan to cycle around Ireland for Cystic Fibrosis, I was completely overwhelmed. It’s great to think that CF has inspired two of my very best friends to take on such a challenge. This cycle is just one example of the huge level of support which I receive from my friends and family.

“The boys came up with the idea because they felt helpless. I realise that they share my frustration sometimes, but instead of being miserable with me when I’m sick, the boys make me laugh.”

According to Conor Doyle: “The Cycling for CF project will combine my love of cycling and the Irish coastline with a desire to create awareness and funding for those living with CF in Ireland. For me personally, the event represents a number of opportunities: to challenge myself on a personal level, to raise much needed funds and to raise awareness of the lack of facilities for people living with Cystic Fibrosis in Ireland.”

Avril added, “While I’m unlucky in that I have CF, I consider myself incredibly lucky to have friends like these. I hope that they get as much support around the country as they continue to give me.”

This fundraiser would not be possible without the support of a number of organisations including Fannin Healthcare, Select Hotels of Ireland, Joe Daly Cycles in Dundrum, Oakley eyewear and Lynx Sportswear.

Both Cathal and Conor are encouraging members of the public to support them on their journey and say hello along the route.

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