Kilmacud Crokes members raise €80,000 by cycling over 650km
Almost 90 members of Kilmacud Crokes GAA club in Stillorgan, Co Dublin, got on their bikes over the June Bank Holiday (Wednesday, May 30-Sunday, June 3, 2018) to complete the Nissan Malin to Mizen Challenge. Their collective efforts raised a staggering €160,000 that was split between Breast Cancer Ireland and their club. It was the fourth time this challenge had been undertaken by the club, with the number of cyclists increasing each time. The group has now raised over €180,000 for Breast Cancer Ireland since the event began. One of the key founders of the cycle was Paul Gallagher, who lost his wife Marie to breast cancer in 2007. Paul and a small circle of friends wanted to continue to raise funds for BCI while also giving something back to the local community.
Professor Arnold Hill, Chairman of Breast Cancer Ireland, also took part. “We are so grateful for the huge commitment and support of Kilmacud GAA Club over the years, and the substantial funds raised through the Nissan M2M Challenge. Events such as this are an amazing way of raising awareness within communities of the importance of good breast health.”
The fundraising committee chairman, Liam O’Carroll, said: “We all know by now what a gruelling challenge the Nissan M2M is. We are thrilled with the money raised for both our club and Breast Cancer Ireland, and look forward to taking on the challenge again in 2020!”
Nissan Ireland sponsored the cycling gear and polo shirts for the cyclists and support team, and the motor group also provided three NV400 support vehicles along the route. Many thanks to Kilmacud Crokes GAA and Nissan Ireland for their support!