Star Munster rugby player Denis Leamy along with Miss Tipperary Esme Mansergh Wallace, were both in Cashel last week to launch a fundraising cycle in aid of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, taking place on Sunday April 1, from Cashel to Mitchelstown and back to Cashel again.
Putting the Fun in Fundraising this cycle gives the opportunity for both the hard core dedicated cyclists, and the once a year sunny Sunday cyclists to get involved, by offering a 50k or 100k option for cyclists to register for.
Registration for the event begins on the Plaza Main Street at 9.30am with the cycle itself beginning at 10am, also from the Plaza.
The cycle route outlined for the day will see cyclists make their way through New Inn and Cahir until finally arriving in Mitchelstown, at roughly 12.30pm. This is the 50k cycle option. For all those who wish to sign up for the 100k cycle, the option of a round-trip is also available whereby the cyclists will aim to turn around in Mitchelstown at 1pm , arriving home in Cashel at 4pm or thereabouts.
Approximately 13,000 people suffer from a head injury in Ireland each year, and face a dramatically altered life thereafter. Acquired Brain Injury Ireland is Irelands leading provider of community based Neuro-rehabilitation services for those persons living with an acquired brain injury. All money raised from the cycle will go towards the development of support services for those living with an acquired brain injury, within the localised area.
Mary Heffernan, ABI Ireland Regional Manager for the Midlands/South East region spoke admirably about the upcoming event, “This sponsored cycle is a great way of generating much need funds for Acquired Brain Injury Ireland services; while also creating awareness around the growing ‘silent epidemic’ that is acquired brain injury. It is also a fantastic way of getting out for an enjoyable, fun and very healthy activity”.
Mary also stressed the importance of promoting ‘safety first’, reminding all cyclists not to forget to wear their helmets. ABI Ireland runs an annual ‘Mind your Head’ campaign that encourages the significant importance of wearing recommended headgear for all sports, especially cycling.
Speaking at the launch of the cycle was ABI Ireland ambassador and Munster rugby player Denis Leamy, he said; “Local supporting local is what makes national, and so for all those who can to come out and support this cause which has both a local and national presence, I think it will really make a difference. It’s a great incentive, and an opportunity to shine a light on acquired brain injury and the services provided by ABI Ireland”.
“The fact that an acquired brain injury can happen anyone, at any time, is something that really makes you stop and think. These services are extremely beneficial and so we must ensure they continue to be funded”, he added.
Miss Tipperary Esme Mansergh Wallace was also putting on a helmet to support the cycle in Cashel, she also spoke at the launch saying; “It’s great for Tipp to see its people constantly helping support local organisations. In recessionary times such as the ones we are currently experiencing, it is essential we continue to support one another as much as we can”.
To register and partake in the fundraising cycle you can call Katie on 085 7170629 or call the Acquired Brain Injury office in Cashel on 062-64544/65677. A free t-shirt will be provided for all those who register to cycle in aid of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland. Light refreshments will be provided for trough the cycle route, with a light lunch being catered for at the end of the cycle in
For more information on this fundraising cycle please contact Katie Cunningham on 085 7170629.
Established in 2000, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (formerly the Peter Bradley Foundation) was set up to provide a range of pioneering, flexible and tailor-made services to people with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). The Community based Neuro-Rehabilitation services provided by the organisation place a critical emphasis on client-centeredness, quality, effectiveness and value for money. Rehabilitation and clinical support are key aspects to the service.
Approximately 13,000 people suffer from a head injury in Ireland each year and face a dramatically altered life thereafter. People with ABI progress at different rates, and may need to access services at different points in time as their needs change. Within each stage of rehabilitation a range of different service providers is involved, which must be coordinated. Once back in the community the emphasis is on more extended activities of daily living, integration, and return to work or education. Interventions focus on enhanced participation, improved quality of life, psychological adjustment and carer stress. Acquired Brain Injury Ireland is filling a vital service gap, in collaboration with statutory bodies.