IASE Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2010

David Ryan, Pamella Mansell, Dermot Cunningham, Sean Gallagher (Patron) and Greg Barry.

David Ryan, Pamella Mansell, Dermot Cunningham, Sean Gallagher (Patron) and Greg Barry.

Following the success of the IASE “Trail Blazers” Malin to Mizen cycle, another wonderful event is being organised for 19th & 20th August. The Trail Blazers will once again take to the tarmac and cycle in a coast to coast challenge from Dublin to Belmullet, Co Mayo.

The journey, which will cover a distance of 190 miles and travelled over two stages, will create an opportunity for the Trail Blazers to raise awareness about the work of the Irish Association of Supported Employment.

This year’s IASE awareness raising cycle challenge will see 18 cyclists ranging, from the novice to the slightly more adventurous; participate in what will no doubt be a great test and accomplishment.

The cyclists will depart from Dublin’s Phoenix Park on Thursday, 19th August at 10am with the first stage of the cycle ending in Longford at approximately 5pm. They will finally blaze into Belmullet, Co Mayo the following evening at the expected time of 7.30pm.

The IASE, a national organsiation, based in Belmullet Co Mayo, is committed to promoting best practice in supported employment by campaigning for equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Supported Employment is an internally proved model which enables people with disability to find, secure and maintain employment with the assistance of a job coach/employment facilitator

The organisation was recently delighted to announce that Sean Gallagher of Dragon’s Den and Smart Homes, has been unveiled as the new Patron of the IASE. Mr. Gallagher, who himself has a vision impairment, has advocated on behalf of people with disabilities for many years and was pleased to launch details of the upcoming cycling event in Dublin last month.

IASE (Irish Association of Supported Employment) is a national voluntary organisation which was established in February 1994 with the aim of promoting and developing supported employment throughout Ireland.  IASE is the representative voice of almost 800 members in Ireland who in turn work with over 5,000 people with disabilities who are receiving supports through a range of supported employment initiatives.

This year saw the IASE run its Job Shadow Initiative for the third successful year in conjunction with National Supported Employment Week. Job Shadow Initiative creates an opportunity for hundreds of individuals with disabilities throughout Ireland to be afforded the unique opportunity to shadow a workplace mentor as they go through a normal working day within hundreds of companies across the country.

To make a donation and to support the cyclists taking part in this event, please visit www.mycharity.ie/event/iase_cycle or www.iase.ie for further details

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