Annual Clionas Foundation Cycle is launched. Aedin O’Tiarnaigh Limerick’s Live 95fm, Ms Limerick 2018 Beibhinn Haren, Brendan Ring Cliona’s Foundation, Conor Flanagan and Finbar Brougham Ennis Road and Ella Barry, Ashbrook
Miss Limerick pedals for the 10th Annual Cliona’s Foundation Cycle
Cliona’s Foundation in the company of Miss Limerick 2018 Beibhinn Haren and Limerick’s Live 95fm recently launched the 10th Annual Cliona’ s Foundation Cycle.
Cliona’s Foundation provides financial assistance to children with life-limiting conditions. Founded in 2007 by Brendan and Terry Ring, in memory of their daughter Cliona who died of an inoperable brain tumour, Cliona’s Foundation has raised in excess of €1.5m, already helping more than 500 families. Cliona’s Foundation receives no financial state support and relies on the generosity of the public to ensure its continuity.
This year Cliona’s Foundation is one of the beneficiaries of Limerick’s Live 95fm 95 Stop Tour together with CARI and the Children’s Ark in UHL including the Neonatal Unit. The proceeds from this year’s Annual Clionas Foundation Cycle will go the 95 Stop Tour helping Limerick Kids so a special call is being made to make a special effort to take part in a very special day, remembering and helping some very special children.
Miss Limerick Beibhinn Haren was delighted to promote the cycle and plans to cycle in the event on the 25th August with her parents. “I really admire the work of Cliona’s Foundation and the much-needed support they provide to families. I personally know 2 families that they helped out a number of years ago and I cannot stress enough the difference it made to both families as they struggled to care for their very sick children. Not only did it help pay for some of the very many additional costs, it also gave them a huge lift psychologically and emotionally during what was a very dark time for them “ said Beibhinn. “I have always supported charities but I am hoping that through the platform of Miss Limerick and the Miss Ireland competition I can raise further awareness and support for Cliona’s Foundation and a number of other worthy charities. Getting on my bike for an hour is only a small gesture but if a few hundred more did the same it would make a big difference to a lot of families and children.”
Cliona’ s Foundation has supported over 500 families over the past 11 years and year on year have been receiving increasing numbers of applications.
“We have had some very positive publicity over the past 12 months which has been fantastic but it has also resulted in a huge increase in the number of applications for support the Charity has received,” said Brendan Ring, Co-Founder of Cliona’s Foundation. Cliona’s Foundation has supported 50 families already this year but currently still have 18 families on their waiting list. “We are delighted to be part of the 95 Stop Tour for Limerick Kids this year and be involved in many of the events that are taking place,” said Brendan.
The 10th Annual Clionas Foundation Cycle will take place this year on Saturday, August 25 from Bruff Rugby Club, just 25km from Limerick city.
It is a fantastic family day out with something for all ages and all levels of fitness and ability. The event caters for cyclists of all levels of ability as there is the 10km for kiddies and beginners, a 40km family/leisure cycle, and the 90km Cliona’s Challenge.
On finishing the cycle participants can look forward to plenty of food from the famous BBQ, while the kids will be kept entertained with the bouncy castle and more.
For further information please contact Phil 086 – 2349121 / Brendan 087 – 2518 949.
To take part in this year’s Annual Clionas Foundation Cycle, you can register online for the 90km & 40km by logging onto www.eventmaster.ie or on the day with registration starting at 8.30am for all routes. Registration fee is €20 for Adult Cycling Ireland members, €25 for non-members, €5 for children and a very special family rate of €30.
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