18th November 2013
What does a soprano, three Munster rugby players and a Cork radio
station all have in common? They’re all prepared to team up for the
2013 Annual Christmas Cracker Charity Cycle which was launched at
Marymount Hospice on Monday 18th of November. Cara O’Sullivan, Casey
Lualala, Sean Dougal, Denis Hurley and Cork’s RedFM were all on hand
at Marymount’s purpose built hospice in Curraheen in Bishopstown to
kick start the event.
Due to demand on their services Marymount Hospice needs to open a
second Palliative ward which has seen their fundraising target jump
from €1.9million to €2.6million annually, so this event will go a long
way to help them reach their target.
Last year over 200 cyclists, togged out in their best festive gear,
and took the scenic route through West Cork for the Christmas Cracker
Cycle to raise money and have a bit of fun for charity.This year
organisers are hoping for an even greater response for the 2013
Christmas Cracker Cycle on Saturday December 7th next and are
appealing to cyclists of all experience levels to participate.
Hearty mince pies will be served at Marymount Hospice to all weary
cyclists on their return and all participants will be entered into a
free raffle where prizes for the best festive costume and a separate
prize for the most generous club will be distributed.
Participants can register on the morning of the cycle from 9am at
Marymount Hospice on December. 7th. A Fun Cycle will kick off at
9:30am and the 50km and 90km cycles will start at 10am.
So why not get the whole family involved this year, have a fun day out
on the bikes while raising money for two very worthy
charities.Participants will be asked for a voluntary contribution on
registration to the chosen beneficiaries: Marymount Hospice and Laura
Lynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice.
Please note this event is weather dependent but there’s a back-up date
(December 14th) if conditions necessitate postponement. Check out the
Marymount Hospice Facebook page for more information and updates
This year’s cycle will start at Marymount Hospice (Curraheen, Cork)
and will travel via Inishannon to Bandon for a coffee break at the
Riverside Shopping Centre before proceeding via Crookstown and
Lissarda to Macroom for lunch in the Castle Hotel at about the 60km
mark. It will return to Marymount via Coachford and Ballincollig,
adding about 40km after lunch. Easy-rider options include returning
from Crookstown for a 50km route.