On Sunday, April 1, while many may have been deciding on the next victim of their latest prank; a number of Tipperary’s’ finest participated in a charity fundraising cycle from Cashel to Mitchelstownin aid of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland; raising a sum of €E4,250 for the local service
The cycle itself was a half day event.
The cyclists were set on their way, in Cashel, by Munster rugby player and Acquired Brain Injury Ireland ambassador Denis Leamy, along with Miss Tipperary Esme Mansergh Wallace. The cyclists route saw them stop at Glengarra Woods as a half way mark before continuing on to Mitchelstown, and turning around to head for home again.
The journey which was a 100k cycle was completed by 90 cyclists who all raised much needed funds for Acquired Brain Injury Ireland.
Mary Heffernan was overwhelmed by the support that has been shown in Tipperary and most thankful to all those who got involved, she said “We were so thrilled with the success of this year’s fundraising cycle. As an organisation we rely heavily on fundraising activities to provide different services throughout the region, and so any support we can get outside of the organisation is of immense help. The money fundraised here will assist in further developing services within the local area.” Mary also paid tribute to Katie Cunningham and Mary Holleran, who took the lead in planning and organising the event, and without whom it would not have taken place.
Munster Rugby player Denis Leamy, who has been as ambassador for the charity, was delighted to be involved in the fundraising event to raise both funds and the profile of the organisation. He said: “ABI Ireland provides a great service across the country and especially here in Tipperary; one I am proud to support and be a part of. As rugby players we take hits and get different injuries, whereby more than often we come out the better side of it. When you hear the stories of people who may not have been so lucky, wrong place at the wrong time or whatever the case may be, it can really hit home. Anyone of us can get injured at one time or another; it’s just the outcome that’s the difference”.
Miss Tipperary Esme Mansergh Wallace was also present to support ABI Ireland and the fundraising event; she was proud of her county’s involvement, she said “This fundraising cycle has been a great success and the people of Tipp should be very proud of the difference they have made. In tough economic times it is important to help our local charities as much as possible, to ensure they can continue to develop and strengthen”.
It is estimated that approximately 10,000 people acquire a brain injury in Ireland every year, and face a dramatically altered life thereafter. Acquired Brain Injury Ireland provides flexible and tailor-made services to people with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). The Community based Neuro-Rehabilitation services provided by the organisation place a critical emphasis on client-centeredness, quality and effectiveness. Rehabilitation and clinical support are key aspects to the service.
Acquired Brain Injury Ireland would like to take this opportunity to extend its gratitude to all the volunteers and donators who were so supportive on the day especially Rock Rebels Motor Cylce Club, An Garda Siochàna, The Order of Malta Cashel/Clonmel, Super Valu, Tescos, The Apple Farm, O’ Dwyer’s Butchers, The Punters Rest, Spafield Resource Centre, Brennans Bread, Sue Larkin Confectionery, Pallas Foods, Cashel Brass band and Fine Sign’s Tipperary. Without the generosity of each of these supporters the cycle would not have been such a successful event. For more information about Acquired Brain Injury Ireland you can contact the regional office in Cashel Co. Tipperary on 062-64544/65677 or log onto www.abiireland.ie