NEWS — 21 May 2014


 By staff reporter

NORTH London Irish organisation Olsgeire is preparing for its tenth Irish Bike Ride for charity, on May 24-27.

This year eighteen participants will take part in the three-day cycle around Wexford and Wexford to raise money for the Haringey Irish centre Welfare Fund.

Their aim is to raise up to £8,000 for the fund, which helps the elderly and vulnerable.

Olsgeire founder Noel Sullivan said: “The Welfare Project looks after many of the forgotten Irish those who came over in the 50s – those who sent money home but now have no or little family back home and many penniless living in bedsits.”

“I have met up with a number of these people over the last fifteen years or so of those whom the centre supports and it’s always very sad to see – people who in some cases are over 80 years of age and still renting rooms and bedsits.”

He added: “Our bike rides have been brilliant fundraisers but also a great way for cyclists to see Ireland in all its beauty. As a group through the cycling fun runs, marathons, race nights and dances we have raised over £500,000 for good causes.”

Day 1 will see the cyclists cover the 62 miles from Rosslare where they set off to Kilkenny. On Day 2, they will cycle from Kilkenny to Dunmore East, a total of 53 miles and on Day 3 they will finish up by covering the 60 miles from Dunmore East to Rosslare.

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