A team of 16 cyclists from Ei Electronics has raised in excess of €25,000 for charity with a 400-kilometre bike ride from Oswestry, in Shropshire, England, where Ei’s Sales & Marketing subsidiary, Aico, is based, to the Ei Headquarters in Shannon.

The cycle took place over four gruelling days, September 13th to 16th. Sixteen Ei cyclists were joined by eleven from Aico and twelve from Denmans Electrical Wholesalers, a customer of Ei, making a total of 39 cyclists, who between them raised in excess of €50,000.

The charities to benefit equally from the €25,000 raised by the Ei team are The Clare Crusaders Children’s Clinic, in Barefield and Lauralynn Children’s Hospice in Dublin.  Commenting on the selection, Mick Guinee, Managing Director, Ei Electronics, who was one of the cyclists, said, “we chose Children’s Charities, who depend 100% on charitable donations to fund the specialised care they provide in the community”. Funds raised by the UK cyclists will go to The British Heart Foundation.

The cycle took place over four days. Day 1 took the cyclists from Oswestry through North Wales, into Snowdonia and on to Llanberis, a distance of 105 kilometres.

After 400 gruelling kilometers the cyclists receive a warm welcome home at the Ei Electronics campus in Shannon.

After 400 gruelling kilometres, the cyclists receive a warm welcome home at the Ei Electronics campus in Shannon.

Day 2 was the shortest stage, 55 kilometres from Llanberis to Holyhead. While it may have been the shortest, it was also the toughest, with the cyclists battling torrential rain and storm-force westerly winds all the way. “The Holyhead Ferry was a welcome sight”, said Bill Doran of the Ei team.

Day 3 was the longest stage from Trinity College, Dublin Port to Birr, Co. Offaly, a distance of 135 kilometres.

On the fourth and final day, the 39 cyclists travelled the 105 kilometres from Birr to Shannon arriving at the Ei Campus to a well-deserved ‘Welcome-Home’ reception from fellow employees who had gathered from 3.00pm on Saturday.  Unfortunately, the welcome-home party was ‘dampened’ slightly by torrential rain, which broke out as the cyclists came through Sixmilebridge and continued to the end!

At the finish, Mick Guinee thanked everyone who had made this cycle happen; the cyclists for the long hours of training they put in and over the four gruelling days of the cycle, the marshals and maintenance support, those who arranged the accommodation and meals.

He also thanked those who had sold fundraising tickets, all who contributed to the fundraising in any way, those who organised the home-coming party and the photographers who covered the final stages from Killaloe to Shannon.

Joe Daly with the welcome party on his return to Shannon.

Joe Daly with the welcome party on his return to Shannon.

Mick concluded by saying, “This was a very special event, one that will live long in the memories of those who took part.  “Ei has a long history of donating to Charities and this cycle was undertaken in that great spirit of Ei of giving back something to our community”.

Commenting on the cycle, Mick Guinee, said, “it was tough but enjoyable and done for two very deserving charities. We were not blessed with good weather but we dealt with the conditions and the important thing was that we all got home safely.”

The members of the Ei Electronics team were: Bill Doran, Barry Crosse, Shane O’Reilly, Joe Daly, David Keating, Shane Lyons, Paul Howley, Daniel O’Shea, Eric Duignan, Tom Meehan Colin Mitchell, Edel Murphy, Peter Murphy, Imelda Duffy, David Richardson and Mick Guinee.