This year’s Tour de Munster charity cycle has once again exceeded all expectations, raising a phenomenal €294,637.65 and bringing the total since the partnership began above the €2.1 million mark for the Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI).
It is the eighth successive year that DSI has benefited from the popular cycle, which was established in 2001. A new addition to this year’s tour was the option for cyclists to select their own beneficiary to raise funds and awareness for.
A cheque was presented for the incredible sum raised to DSI and individual beneficiaries by cycling legend Sean Kelly at a special celebratory event attended by cyclists, branch members, and their families in Cork on Saturday 18th November.
This year’s charity cycle saw 100 amateur cyclists travel over 600km through the six counties of Munster from August 10–13th, supported by friends, family and the many volunteers who fundraised along the route. Each cyclist covered their own expenses, so all funds raised go directly to DSI and the individual beneficiaries.
Sean Kelly, a dedicated supporter of Tour de Munster, once again took to the roads of Munster with the group for the full four days of the tour, covering an average 150 km per day through the towns and villages of Cork, Waterford, Tipperary, Limerick, Clare, Kerry.
Since its inception 17 years ago, Tour de Munster has raised over €2.5 million for its beneficiaries, with over €2.1 million for DSI alone. Paul Sheridan, who established the event, could not be prouder of the Tour and its many participants over the years.
Speaking at the cheque presentation, Paul said, “We are over the moon to have surpassed the €2.1 million mark for the Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland. Over the past 17 years, Tour de Munster has raised over €2.5 for many great charities, a sum which we are very proud of.
He added, “2017 was another great year for Tour de Munster and to have raised such an incredible amount of money for DSI’s Munster branches, as well as a number of individual beneficiaries, is fantastic.
“None of this would be possible without the dedication and determination of cyclists and volunteers. We are very grateful to the many companies and the public who have supported the tour in the past 17 years.”
Each DSI branch in Munster will receive a share of the money raised to fund services for people with Down Syndrome.
Thanking all those who supported this year’s event, Phil Keohane, Branch Liaison Officer and cyclist said, “Tour de Munster has been an amazing experience and journey for everyone in Down Syndrome Ireland.
“So many friendships have been formed between the organisation, the families and the cyclists. The tremendous fundraising work and awareness campaign improve the lives of so many Munster families, and this is what makes Tour de Munster so special. I’d like to thank all involved for their incredible dedication and hard work. DSI families, staff, and the DSI community will be forever in your debt.”