The Tipperary Wheelers, friends and family turned out in force with 110 cyclists for the 2013, Ride of the Turkeys on December 28, in aid of the new cancer support centre in Tipperary Town, Circle of Friends.
With help from the Gardai and motorbike marshals, the large cycling group left the Tipperary Golf club waved on by Circle of Friends founder Jennifer Jones-Hickey.
“The feel good factor here today is amazing and I didn’t realise that there would be so many people coming out to take part in this event and support us. We couldn’t have asked for a better day and I’m absolutely thrilled and honored that people are supporting Circle of Friends,” said Jennifer.
The Tipperary Wheelers cycling club was delighted to raise funds for such a great local cause and coincidently, the figure €2013 was raised through registration fees to take part in the cycling event.
“It’s fantastic to see so many people turning out, young and old and in particular the young people,” said Pat Gallagher Chairperson of Tipp Wheelers. “It’s all for a good cause and our aim at the Tipp Wheelers is to get people out cycling and no better reason than for today’s charitable cause.”
The Circle of Friends cancer support centre officially opened the week before Christmas in the old Station House, near the railway track, Tipperary Town. The centre is the brainchild of Jennifer Jones Hickey, Roselawn, Tipperary town, who in the last few years has undergone treatment for cancer and availed of the support services of The Girls Club in Cork; a voluntary cancer support group for women who have or have had cancer and their Carers, families and friends. Jennifer’s dream was to provide a similar support service in Tipperary town and with help from her family and friends and fund-raising activities, supported by local businesses, clubs and Tipp Mid West radio, her dream has been realised. “Having such a service on your own doorstep will make an unbelievable difference. The nearest centre to Tipp town is Clonmel but it’s a half an hour away and if you are tired or not feeling great then you are going to give it a miss,” said Jennifer.
“What Jennifer has achieved with the Circle of Friends project is amazing,” said Pride of Tipperary Donna Breen who came out to cheer on the cyclists at the Ride of the Turkeys event. “Everyone knows someone who has had or is going through cancer and what Jennifer is providing in support of people with cancer is unbelievable.”
The Circle of Friends would like to thank the Tipperary wheelers and all the people who took part in the Ride of the Turkeys. “There was a fantastic turn out and a great buzz and it’s great seeing everyone come together for such a worthy cause. Thanks to the Tipperary Golf club for providing fabulous food afterwards and all proceeds will go to the Circle of Friends cancer support centre Tipperary town,” said Jennifer. “Thank you so much and a happy New Year.”