Annual motorcycle fundraiser for Crumlin aims to complete Cancer unit

Posted on: 6th May, 2014

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Over 150 motorcyclists and pillions will take part in the annual Cork motorcycle fundraiser, the ‘Motorbike Run to West Cork’, in aid of St. John’s Cancer ward at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin this May.

Now in its fourth year, the trip will kick off at the Viaduct Inn, Bandon Road, Cork on Sunday May 11 at 11.30am and see motorcycling enthusiasts don their leathers with the task of breaking the €16,000 mark over four years for Crumlin Hospital.

Over a single day and 200km, the big hearted bikers will travel the beauty of West Cork.  Beginning with registration at the Viaduct Inn from 10.30am the group will then depart an hour later before arriving at O’Sullivan’s Mountain House, Ardfield for complimentary refreshments. The tour will travel along the scenic route to West Cork through Kinsale, Garretstown, Courtmacsherry, Clonakilty, Ardfield, Rosscarbery, Skibbereen, Ballydehob and then travel back to Fernhill House Hotel, Clonakilty for finger food.

Clonakilty man and organiser Michael O’Donovan commented: “Last year’s event was a great success with participants travelling from far and near to attend.  Over 200 bikes left the Viaduct Inn to take in the views of West Cork while supporting such a worthy cause. All the money that is raised goes directly to improving the facilities in St. John’s Cancer ward, which will help to make it a less daunting experience for the children who have to attend the ward and for their families. All your support would be greatly appreciated at this year’s event. I would like to thank The Viaduct Inn Cork, Scally’s SuperValu Clonakilty, O’Sullivan’s Mountain House Ardfield and Fernhill House Hotel Clonakilty for their contribution towards this event”.

Rachel Daly, who works in the Fundraising Department at Crumlin, was full in her praise for the support received from participants at this event: “The generosity of the Cork public in the last 12 months has been quite remarkable. Every day 17 children attend the hospital from the county of Cork alone and we are delighted at the continued support we receive from the county towards this event and our other events around the country. This event will contribute towards the final phase of St. John’s Cancer unit at Crumlin and we cannot say how thankful we are to everyone who takes part or helps out on the day.”

The previous three trips have raised over €12,000 towards the Fix Crumlin appeal at our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. The hospital saw the opening of the new Cardiac and Cancer units last November with this year’s funds designated to the completion of the entrance to the cancer ward.

For more information regarding the Motorbike Run to West Cork contact Michael on 086 81 82 334.

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