Down Syndrome Kerry shows real pedal power

At the launch of the big event were, back from left, Maurice Horan, Jill O’Brien, John Keohane, Christabel Quirke and, in front, Aaron Buckley, Billy Hart, Hugh O’Brien and Kimberley Horan.
Pictures: Catherine Tangney

The Kerry branch of Down Syndrome Ireland is adding the finishing touches to preparations to welcome cyclists to the fourh annual Tom Crean Unsung Hero Cycle which takes place on Saturday, September 24, starting from Ballyseedy Home and Garden Centre in Tralee.

In the absence of any direct government funding for speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and many more services, the annual charity cycle will once again raise vital funds for children and adults in Kerry and into the borders of Cork and Limerick.

Established in 2018, the event pays homage to renowned explorer Tom Crean whose family are directly involved in the DSI Kerry branch. The cycle also remembers the much-cherished DSI Kerry member Emily Keohane, who sadly passed away in 2017.

Cyclists register and leave from Ballyseedy Home and Garden Centre from 8.00am to 10.00am with three route options – a 75km, a 112km or a 150km.

Hugh O’Brien pictured at the launch of the Tom Crean Unsung Hero Cycle

Participants can register online for the cycle as well as on the morning of the cycle. Registration costs €35.00 and all donations to Down Syndrome Kerry branch will be much appreciated.

At Ballyseedy Home and Garden Centre in Tralee, cyclists and supporters will enjoy a day of family fun with light refreshments, music and entertainment. A raffle will be held, with prizes including a €1,000 voucher for Adare Manor, a €500 heating oil voucher and a €300 Tesco voucher.

Enda O’Brien of DSI Kerry and grandson of Tom Crean said he hopes as many people as possible can come along to partake and to cheer cyclists along.

“It’s a very special day as we also remember DSI Kerry member Emily Keohane who is sadly no longer with us. The funds raised on the day will help to ensure DSI Kerry continues to provide essential services for our members,” Enda said.

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