Emergency services plan charity weekend

Clonmel emergency services will host a charity weekend featuring walking and cycling events for all the family later this month. The group of local gardai, ambulance paramedics and firefighters was set up in 2008 and to date has raised almost €30,000 in aid of local charities in South Tipperary.

Clonmel emergency services will host a charity weekend featuring walking and cycling events for all the family later this month. The group of local gardai, ambulance paramedics and firefighters was set up in 2008 and to date has raised almost €30,000 in aid of local charities in South Tipperary.

This year’s event in association with National Bike Week and South Tipperary County Council takes place on June 21-23 and is in aid of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Ireland. ABI Ireland are based in Cashel and they provide much needed help and support to people in the South East region, who have suffered a brain injury, and their families.

The weekend begins on Friday June 21 with a 5km walk along the Clonmel by-pass from the Park Hotel starting at 7pm. And participants will be joined by members of the Tipperary hurling team.

Saturday 22 will be a cycling day with two events - 55km for the leisure cyclists and 100km for the more enthusiastic or advanced. Both cycles will leave Clonmel at 10am from the Clonmel Rugby Club car park, following registration in the Fire Station. This event will feature para-olympian Mark Rohan. That night there will be a barbecue in Moynihan’s Bar with music and a monster raffle offering a hybrid bike as the top prize, and a signed Munster team photo will be auctioned.

On Sunday at 11am the Clonmel emergency services will assist South Tipperary County Council with their family fun cycle around the streets of Clonmel which will start and finish in Mick Delahunty Square. This is a free event with kids’ entertainment and a chance for them to meet members of the emergency services and have their picture taken with their vehicles.

Registration for the walk is from 6pm on Friday and is only €5. People interested in cycling on Saturday can register on-line at www.eventmaster.ie for €20 or on the day at Clonmel Fire Station from 8.30am for a cost of €25. Raffle tickets can be bought from any committee member or by calling 087 3896595.

The Clonmel emergency services are also urging people to support Clonmel Theatre Guild’s dinner theatre production which takes place from Wednesday 12 – Saturday 15 June in Raheen House Hotel. All proceeds from this night will be donated to ABI Ireland. Tickets priced at €30 include three one-act plays and a three-course meal and are available at Marian’s in O’Connell Street.

For more details follow them on www.facebook.com/clonmel emergency cycle 2013 or email southtippemergencycycle@gmail.com

The emergency services would like to thank all sponsors and helpers for the fantastic support they have received so far.