Limerick Lourdes 2022 Cycle – each of the beneficiaries were delighted and immensely grateful to be presented with cheques for €54,234.
Clionas Foundation and Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Invalid Fund received over €54,000 each
A great evening was held recently in Limerick Lawn Tennis Club when the Lourdes to Limerick 2022 Cycle presented two cheques to Cliona’s Foundation and the Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Invalid Fund with over €108,000 raised and each charity receiving over €54,000 each.
Originally scheduled for 2020 the Limerick To Lourdes 2022 Cycle finally took place in June with a team of nineteen cyclists and eight of a backup team making the 700km journey from Nantes to Lourdes raising funds for Cliona’s Foundation and the Limerick Lourdes Invalid Fund.
Across six days the team cycled through Nantes to La Roche Sur Yon, La Rochelle, La Royan, Bordeaux, and Mont De Marsan, before crossing the finish line in Lourdes on Tuesday, June 14. A mammoth undertaking in terms of logistics, and while good weather is always a bonus, the unusually high temperatures of the mid 30’s significantly added to the challenge for everyone involved.
But each and every one of the team rose to the challenge, with the cyclists pulling each other mentally through the difficult climbs and the backup crew adding additional rehydration, food, and fuel to stop the route.
“Fundraising for this event started back in 2018 as we were scheduled to cycle in 2020,” said cyclist and committee member Fergal Deegan, “but COVID pushed us out to 2022, and to say we were ready to hit the road was an understatement. Each cyclist and backup crew member had a set fundraising target and I suppose the advantage of the deferral was that this target was exceeded by everyone.”
“It was an amazing few days,” said Fergal, “despite the intense heat and we were all privileged to be in the very special company of each other and to be welcomed safely into Lourdes by family and friends.”
The efforts of every one were revealed at an event in Limerick Lawn Tennis Club last week when each of the beneficiaries were delighted and immensely grateful to be presented with cheques for €54,234. Brendan Ring, CEO of Cliona’s and who was also a member of the cycling team, was emotional in acknowledging how special the group was and also the impact that the donation would make to many families. Fr. O Dea Director of the Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage also expressed his gratitude, confirming that the monies would make a visit to Lourdes a reality for many more
The Cycle Committee would like to thank all the team and everyone who has sponsored, donated, and supported their many fundraising events over the past few years.
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