Sean Kelly (second from left) with Robbie Kenneally, Cycle Committee; Charlie Tuffy, DSL Member; Ellen Tuffy, DSL Chairperson and Richard Wash, Sponsor & DSL Member pictured above
The money was raised from the Sean Kelly Three Counties Cycle
Cycling legend, Sean Kelly, presented a cheque to Down Syndrome Limerick last weekend for €68,888. The money was raised from the Sean Kelly Three Counties Cycle, held last September, which saw 550 cyclists undertake either a 50km or 100km route around Limerick, Clare and Tipperary in aid of the local charity.
Sean Kelly, one of the most successful road cyclists and one of the finest Classics riders of all time, has been a long-time supporter of the Down syndrome charities. In addition to his participation in the Tour de Munster each year, he has also supported Down Syndrome Limerick for the last two years through the Three Counties Cycle, with his name being added to last year’s edition.
Sean says, “Down Syndrome Limerick is a great charity that does so much work to help children and adults with Down syndrome. It is easy to get involved and behind the work that they do when you see parents working so hard to provide the services that their children need and deserve. The Three Counties Cycle is a great event and is well organised. I’m delighted to be a part of it.”
Ellen Tuffy, Chairperson of Down Syndrome Limerick says, “The Three Counties Cycle has been running for 2 years and we are thrilled with how successful the event has been. We are so grateful to Sean Kelly and the organising committee, the volunteers involved and all the cyclists who come out to support us. Down Syndrome Limerick needs fundraisers like this in order to continue providing support and services to our members, to help them to achieve their full potential. Many of our children are not getting adequate services elsewhere and the demand for services at the charity is therefore at an all-time high. We couldn’t to do this work without events and support like this.”
The next edition of the Sean Kelly Three Counties Cycle is scheduled for Sunday, September 17 2023. Keep an eye on Down Syndrome Limerick’s social media pages for registration details which will open soon!
About Down Syndrome Limerick:
Down Syndrome Limerick provides many essential programmes for people of all ages with Down syndrome and their families. They run a support programme for parents who have just received a prenatal or post-natal diagnosis of Down syndrome for their baby. They provide counselling and many other essential services such as Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy. They provide school support to parents and teachers of children who are in pre-school, primary and secondary education. DSL also run a successful adult education course which is a transition programme for adults from education to employment and are currently working with employers in the region to provide meaningful employment opportunities for their members. There are also many social activities to avail of such as youth club, swim and cycling lessons, drama and dance.