On the June Bank Holiday weekend, the Friends of Inis Aoibhinn are hoping that 50 cyclists from
Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal will to make the epic journey from Donegal town to Inis Aoibhinn.
Inis Aoibhinn is Cancer Care West’s residential facility in Galway. This event is being organised by a number of volunteers in a bid to raise much needed funds for the Inis Aoibhinn facility This intense route was chosen because over 70% of those using the treatment and services provided at Inis
Aoibhinn come from the Mayo, Donegal and Sligo area.
The organisers say they are looking not just for professional cyclists, but also recreational cyclists and asking them to commit to 6 weeks of training in preparation for the 240K. To get involved all people have to do is log onto www.cancercarewest.ie and register their interest. So far over 20 cyclists have signed up and the event looks like being a permanent fixture on the cycle event
Inis Aoibhinn provides a ‘home away from home’ environment for patients who are travelling to
Galway for radiotherapy treatment at University Hospital Galway. This allows patients to have family
support during their treatment without the burden of the cost of this facility. The Sam Maguire cup will also be on hand to lend its support to the event, not to mention some much needed inspiration and motivation as it is a great symbol that binds the communities of Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal together in a shared interest and love of sport.
Cancer Care West are delighted that so far the Galway Business Association, Medtronic, Goodbody’s,
Smyth’s Toys, Bon Secours Hospital, Westwood House Hotel, Burkes Buses, Centra and Cantec, have
come on board to help the event to get off the ground. Like many other charitable organisations
Cancer Care West relies heavily on local support and according to Richie Flaherty CEO of CCW “the
response to this event has been terrific, it is really easy for people to get involved by logging onto www.cancercarewest.ie or by giving us a call at 091 545000. You don’t have to be a cyclist to get involved in supporting this event, we are looking for people from all over the West of Ireland to help us organise activities in their own community and help us raise funds.