Charity Haiti cycle targets €300k


FINAL PREPARATIONS are being made for the now annual Cycle4Haiti charity event on the May bank holiday weekend, the organisation of which is being led by Michael Dawson and his Gift Voucher Shop company.

Dawson and Co have set themselves an Alpe d’Huez-style fundraising target of €300,000 for this year’s event – more than twice the €126,000 raised last year.

For the past two years, the event has run from Dublin to Galway with an overnight stop in Athlone.

This year’s is bigger and bolder. The target is to get 500 riders involved across three starting points – Dublin, Sligo and Cashel.

The plan is to converge on Athlone on the evening of May 5th and then push off for Galway the following morning.

It’s not too late to sign up to ride and you don’t have to be Nicolas Roche to participate – I know, having taken part last year about 15 years after I was last on a bike.

All you need is a decent rothar, padded cycling shorts (very important) and a certain persistence to raise the sponsorship.

If you are still not persuaded, there is a 30km ghost cycle around Dublin city centre on April 21st with an entry fee of €30. Visit Cycle4Haiti.comfor more details.