Tipp manager Declan Ryan to lead off CF fundraising bike ride

The third annual Purple Rose Bike Run in aid of Cystic Fibrosis will take place on Saturday, May 26. Over 100 motorcyclists are expected to travel over 300km in convoy from Tipperary Town to Bundoran, Co. Donegal.

The third annual Purple Rose Bike Run in aid of Cystic Fibrosis will take place on Saturday, May 26. Over 100 motorcyclists are expected to travel over 300km in convoy from Tipperary Town to Bundoran, Co. Donegal.

For the past two years the Purple Rose Bike Run has been a tremendous success raising €10,000 for Cystic Fibrosis the first year and last year they presented Joe Browne from the Build 4Life Cork Branch of Cystic Fibrosis with €13,500. This year funds raised through the Purple Roses Bike Run will be divided up between Build4Life at Cork University Hospital and TLC4CF who are in the proceeds of building a unit in Limerick.

Registration for the run begins at 9am at Market Yard, Tipperary Town. All registered motorcyclists will depart from Tipperary Town at 10am sharp; where Declan Ryan, Manager of the Tipperary Senior Hurling Team will lead everyone on a Dragstar 250 motorcycle to Dundrum in Co. Tipperary. Then its on to Templemore, followed by and Roscrea.

Next port of call is Birr, followed by Athlone. Riders will travel on through Ballymahon, Lanesborough, Roosky, Carrick-on-Shannon and Leitrim. The last leg of the journey will take them through Drumkerrin, Manorhamiliton and Bundoran.

Billy Bresnan, organiser of Purple Rose Bike Run committee said - “CFAI is a cause close to my own heart having lost two children to CF, and having another who is living with it now and has been one of the lucky ones who received a Double Lung Transplant in The Freeman Hospital in Newcastle in England on February 1, 2011. Ireland has the highest incidence of CF per capita in the world and many of the issues relating to the illness can be alleviated by proper resources around the country. We wanted to organise an event that would be enjoyable for participants, while at the same time highlighting the need for better CF facilities, and raising funds for these”.

Martin Cahill, Fundraising Manager, CFAI stated: “As the national organisation responsible for providing services to the CF community in Ireland, and being totally dependent on voluntary donations and fundraising to do so, we are delighted to be chosen as the beneficiary of this excellent fundraising initiative. Proceeds of this event will be used to financially support the provision of improved CF facilities in CUH and TLC4CF in Limerick.

For Sponsorship cards and further information on getting involved are available from Mary Behan, Purple Rose Bike Run PRO by phoning (086)3408421. Further information on Cystic Fibrosis is available from www.cfireland.ie. Any donations will be greatly appreciated and should be sent to Mary Behan, Rathdermot, Bansha, Co. Tipperary. All cheques or money orders to be made payable to: The Purple Rose Bike Run.