Cyclists from Aer Lingus and Shannon Airport saddled up this morning for a special 110k round trip straddling Clare and Galway in aid of two worthy charities.
All proceeds from the event will go to the two Shannon Group designated charities for 2016, Irish Children’s Arthritis Network (iCan) and Abalta Special School for students with autism in Galway.
The Aer Lingus Charity Cycle is now in its third successive year and set off from Shannon Airport this morning. Organised by Shannon Group staff, the cycle forms part of their annual charity fundraising programme.
This year’s cycle will travel west from Shannon, up to Gort via Kilmurry, Kilkishen, Tulla and returning via Clooney, Quin and Newmarket-on-Fergus, before making it back to Shannon.
Declan Smyth, Chairperson of the Shannon Group Charity Committee, said: “We are delighted to have Aer Lingus on board as our sponsor. It is a major boost for the cycle and will certainly help raise awareness of the event, grow participation numbers and, more importantly, proceeds for the charities.”
Yvonne Muldoon, Director of Sales, Aer Lingus, commented: “We are delighted to partner with Shannon Airport and support this year’s charity cycle event. Cycling is leading the way in terms of fitness and staying healthy and has become a very popular pastime. The Aer Lingus Charity Cycle not only promises a really great day out but will also help to raise valuable funds for two very worthy causes.