It is time to get that bike out and start training because the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is open for registration for the cycle which will be taking place on Saturday, July 5th. The online registration was officially launched on Saturday by the organising committee and this year’s Charity Cycle partners who include The Irish Examiner, Radio Kerry, SKODA and LIDL.
Last year saw over 9,000 cyclists raise over €1million for local Kerry charities. Based on the number of disappointed cyclists who had to be turned away last year and on the current uptake of online registrations the organising committee expect registration to be closed well before the initial projected date of June 1st.
“As the cycle is limited at 9,000 cyclists for safety reasons, we are encouraging people to register as soon as possible so as not to miss the opportunity to take part” stated PRO Cathal Walshe.
To register online go to www.ringofkerrycycle.ie .You must pay a minimum donation of €70. You can choose to fundraise additional money if you wish by downloading the sponsorship card. If you raise more than €70 the difference is due to be paid to the charity fund when you return the sponsorship card and collect your bike tag at Sign-On on Fri July 4th. The collection of bike tags will be enhanced this year with a new faster IT system, manned by extra volunteers, which will reduce queuing.
All money raised through the online registration is divided equally amongst the nine charities. The nine nominated charities include; Ard Curam Day Care, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Irish Red Cross, Kerry Hospice Foundation, Kerry Parents & Friends Association, Kerry Stars, Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone, Pieta House, Valentia Island Cottage Hospital.
If someone registers online they will be issued a bar code which they have to print and bring with them to claim their bike tag and number on the Friday night before the cycle. No one can take part without an official bike tag.
It is important to note that you can also choose to cycle on behalf of one of the nominated charities. Anyone interested in cycling and raising money for a specific charity should make contact directly with that charity.
Contact details for each charity are available on www.ringofkerrycycle.ie
This year is going to be even better than last year with a number of different events planned for the weekend on Friday July 4th and Saturday July 5th. Based on the current rate of registrations we are expecting to reach the maximum number very quickly. It is therefore important that people register now and don’t miss the opportunity to take part in this spectacular 180km charity cycle while raising money for exceptional local charities.