Tour de Munster asks Tipp to give an extra push

With just over a week to go until the annual Tour de Munster 2012, which takes place on Thursday, August 9, until Sunday, August 12, the cyclists are getting ready for their big day.

With just over a week to go until the annual Tour de Munster 2012, which takes place on Thursday, August 9, until Sunday, August 12, the cyclists are getting ready for their big day.

The event will see 150 amateur cyclists cycle over 600km around the six counties of Munster, in aid of beneficiary Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI Munster branches) and cycling legend Sean Kelly will also be joining the cyclists for his seventh year.

Last year’s event raised a staggering €300,000 and they are hoping to raise even more this year so please help cheer on the cyclists as they pass through Tipperary at Stage 1 of their journey!

Thursday, August 9:

Clogheen Community Hall 1.15pm – 2pm

Cahir 2.30pm – 2.30pm

Tipperary Town 3.15pm – 3.25pm

Boher 4.25pm – 4.50pm

Newport 5.40pm – 5.40pm

Birdhill 6.10pm – 6.10pm

Visit http://www.tourdemunster.com/route.html for further details.

Now in its 12th year, the Tour de Munster is four-day 650km charity cycle which takes participants on a very demanding route through all the counties of Munster.

Participants collect individual sponsorship and the tour is accompanied by volunteers who hope to leverage the event with collections in the cities, towns and villages along the route.

Everyone participating in the event covers their own costs so that all funds raised through the 2012 event will go directly to the six branches of Down Syndrome Ireland in Munster.

Down Syndrome Ireland is an organisation of people with Down Syndrome and their parents and guardians which was established in 1971. It has over 3,000 member families with 25 branches nationwide and is funded by voluntary contributions and events organised by its members. It is the biggest single group concerned with the welfare of people with a learning disability in Ireland. The principal aims of the association are as follows:-

o To provide a counselling service and information to parents and guardians of persons with Down syndrome, especially those with new-born babies.

o To ensure that proper and appropriate educational facilities are available to children with Down syndrome, with the realistic option of attending mainstream national schools.

o To promote research into the causes of Down syndrome, and to keep parents informed of developments taking place at home and abroad for the advancement and care of people with Down syndrome.

o To liaise with the Departments of Health and Children; Social, Community and Family Affairs; Education and Science; and Enterprise, Trade and Employment; and with other relevant authorities and national organisations.

o To provide a forum where parents and guardians can meet and exchange views and ideas.

o To establish a system of advocacy and guardianship for adults and children with Down syndrome who have lost their parents.

o The ultimate objective is the integration of people with Down syndrome into the community with full citizen’s rights as laid down in European Union directives and the United Nations charter.