On July 9, 2010 21 enthusiastic amateur cyclists set off in the pouring rain from Mizen head in West Cork. After many map problems, awful weather conditions and a few members of the team taking the wrong back roads they managed to get themselves together with the help of their great support team were able to round everyone up and get moving on the tough journey from the most southern tip of Ireland to the most northerly tip in aid of Irish Cancer society....
Of the 21 cyclists, only 4 were local, from (or residing) in Ballymacarbry. The group was cycling to raise funds and awareness of the risks of breast cancer in young women.
The cycle organiser, Donna Savage, college friend of Bridget O'Gorman from Ballymacarbry, had undergone treatment for breast cancer at 25 years of age. During her recovery time, she came up with this fundraising idea. Bridget brought her sister April, April's husband, Dan and her friend Liam O'Shea to join the fundraising group.
The local crew ran a Golf Classic in Carrick on Suir golf club (kindly sponsored by O'Gorman, Brannigan, Purtill & Co; Pinewood Laboratories & Alza Ireland) which was a huge success. They also hosted a monster BBQ in the Bridge Bar, Ballymacarbry which had an amazing turnout. And in the meantime, they had to train for this 444mile cycle challenge.
The cycle was from Mizen to Malin head, the length of the country. After 5 days of cycling through all sorts of weather conditions, the group reached Malin head. Weary, but proud. The local four had raised in excess of €18,000 for Cancer Research Ireland. Bridget, April, Dan and Liam would like to thank everyone who supported their fundraiser and to wish them all a Happy Christmas, and all the best for 2011. They are now actively seeking their next challenge.