A group of Dublin-based Mayo diaspora and friends will next month (July) undertake a 240 km dawn-to-dusk cycle challenge from Dublin to Castlebar for charity.
The West End Tour in aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice is to be sponsored by Uniphar plc and they and the event organisers have set a fundraising target of €80,000.
30 amateur cyclists are taking on the challenge, the brainchild of Belcarra native, Ger Prendergast.
The 240 kilometre cycle will leave from Chapelizod in Dublin and travel through 7 different counties to arrive in Castlebar.
Uniphar CEO, Ger Rabbette, says he is delighted to be able to support the West End Tour and the Mayo Roscommon Hospice and that he will also be taking part on the day.
While the CEO of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation, Martina Jennings, says it’s a fantastic fundraising event and the foundation is entirely dependent on fundraised income to fund its Palliative Care Service.
To avoid major traffic on the day, the West End Tour will retrace the less busy routes to Mayo - cycling via Leixlip, Maynooth and Kinnegad onwards to Mullingar and Ballymahon, crossing the Shannon at Lanesborough before travelling into Roscommon – and then onwards to Williamstown, Claremorris and onto the home stretch into Castlebar.
The tour will depart Chapelizod at 7.00 am on Saturday 3 July and is aiming to arrive in Castlebar between 7.00 and 8.00pm on Saturday evening.
Charity Contributions for the West End Tour can be made via the following link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/uniphargroup