Clonmel Emergency Services are hosting their annual Charity Fun Cycle on Saturday, 30th June in aid of a very worthy charity based in Clonmel. The charity to benefit from this year’s fund-raiser will be Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue. This is now the fifth year Clonmel Emergency Services have organised this event and they are all hoping that this will be the best one yet. Over the past five years this charity cycle has raised substantial funds to support various charities in our community and they are hoping that this year’s event will be a similar if not greater success.
This year’s worthy organisation to benefit, the Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue, are a completely voluntary organisation who have never received funding from any government body. The only funding they receive is from the very generous and loyal local people of both Clonmel and Carrick-on-Suir. The River Rescue extend their services not only to the people of County Tipperary but nationwide.
In the last six months alone Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue have carried out searches in Clonmel, Carrick-on-Suir, Limerick, Galway, Banagher, Derry, Strabane, Lifford and Union Hall in West Cork.
The River Rescue have been recovering bodies from the South East for the past 50 years and they need the public’s support and donations to enable them to continue with their extraordinary work.
It is hoped that with all the proceeds from this year’s cycle that the River Rescue group can purchase a new RIB Boat. At present their current boat is 16 years old and as you can appreciate this is far from acceptable for the amount of valuable work that this organisation does 365 days a year.
There will be two categories of cycle this year - Route 1 will take cyclists from Clonmel- Carrick on Suir - Portlaw - Fiddown -Carrick on Suir and back to Clonmel. The shorter Route 2 will bring cyclists from Carrick on Suir to Clonmel.
Registration for the fund-raising cycle will take place at the Fire Station, Clonmel and it will be from here that the cycle group will start the journey. Registration will be €30 on the day and all other money raised is more than welcome. Registration will take place from 9am to 11am at the Clonmel Fire Station and the cycle is scheduled to start at 11am sharp. The registration fee for the second and shorter route will be €15 and will commence with the cyclists from the first route at approximately 2pm.
A participant may use a sponsorship card in lieu of registration. Registration forms and sponsorship cards are available from any of the committee - Claire Murphy (Clonmel Garda Station), Ronan Corcoran (Ambulance Service), Declan Harte (Ambulance Service), Brendan Franklin (Cahir Garda Station), Francis Keogh (Fire Services) Bernie Shanahan and Eimear Gahan.
Light refreshments will be served in Carrick-on-Suir halfway through the cycle and at the Clonmel Fire Station for all the tired cyclists at the end of the day. There will also be a free barbecue and entertainment in Eldon’s pub in Clonmel for all participants that night.
Clonmel Emergency Services are anticipating a great turnout for this event and everyone over the age of 16 years is welcome to sign up and get on their bikes. Follow the event on Facebook at Clonmel Emergency Services Fun Cycle 2012. Clonmel Emergency Services need to make this event a great success. So oil up your bikes, brush the cobwebs off your helmets and help provide much needed equipment for Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue.