Tour de Munster Charity Cycle embarks on its’ 14th year In aid of Down Syndrome Ireland

On Thursday 7th August, cycling legend Seán Kelly will lead 120 amateur cyclists from the City Hall in Waterford on a 640km Charity Cycle around the six counties of Munster, which will take place over four days from Thursday August 7th – Sunday August 10th . The Tour de Munster cycle which is now in its 14th year, donates all proceeds to Down Syndrome Ireland (Munster branches). The tour will be passing through Co. Tipperary onThursday August 7th.

 

Seán Kelly is an avid supporter of the Tour de Munster and will once again cycle with the group for the full four days of the tour, covering an average of 150 km per day.  Also lending their support to the tour will be Pat Clarke,Chief Executive of Down Syndrome Ireland and Tony ScottSales Director of Nightline, the main sponsors of the event.

 

Pat Clarke, who spoke about the event recently, said “Each year the Tour de Munster grows stronger and Down Syndrome Ireland is delighted to be the beneficiary for the 5th year in a row. The difference and change that the Tour de Munster funds make to the lives of those with Down syndrome is incredible and I’d like to thank each and every one of the cyclists and supporters for their efforts. Every single cyclist funds their own participation in the event which is on top of the sponsorship funds they raise for our Munster branches.  The generosity of the cyclists and their dedication to Down Syndrome Ireland never ceases to amaze me and the support we receive from everyone is incredible and we are extremely grateful.”

 

Tour Organiser Paul Sheridan also said a few words “The commitment from the cyclists is not just for four days but for weeks and months before hand. Seeing all the friendly faces and receiving such a fantastic welcome from all corners of the province make the sacrifice so worthwhile. There is no doubt that this cycle is a very demanding challenge and I am extremely grateful to all those who have committed to the cycle and to the Down Syndrome Ireland branch members who have been working tirelessly to make sure that this year’s cycle is one of the best yet.”

 

For many of the courageous cyclists this will be a return journey as they have committed to support Paul year after year but for some, this will be their first Tour de Munster. Having new participants each year brings new life to the cycle and helps spur in the cyclists to complete their spirited journey. The cyclists involved come from all over of Ireland, one or two from abroad and all have been training for months. They are united in their common goal of finishing the Tour and raising as much money as possible through individual sponsorships as well as the bucket collections which will take place over all stages of the Tour de Munster.

 

The Irish Examiner, Red FM, Clare FMTipp FM and WLR FM are the Official Media Partners of Tour de Munster 2014. Information is also available on www.tourdemunster.com. You can keep up to date with the Tour’s progress on Facebook and Twitter @tourdemunster

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