Council honours Ring of Kerry Cycle organisers

Released: 16 April 2008

At a civic reception held in Aras an Chontae on Monday, 16 April 2007, Kerry County Council honoured the organisers of the Ring of Kerry Voluntary Cycle for their fundraising efforts.

Now in its 24th year, the annual Ring of Kerry cycle has proven to be a hugely popular event, with over €2.2m raised for various charities and voluntary groups around the county.

And it was for this sterling effort that Kerry County Council honoured the organising committee, paying tribute to their efforts.

An estimated 700 cyclists signed up for last year’s event, raising over €200,000. With this year’s cycle taking place on Saturday, July 7th, organisers are hoping that they can top this figure, taking their overall total to almost €2.5m.

Groups who are to benefit this year include Enable Ireland, Kerry Mountain Rescue, Down Syndrome Ireland (Kerry branch) and the Skellig Stars Special Olympic team.

“It is always great to see people who put in a major effort to raise funds on behalf of charities and voluntary groups, and the Ring of Kerry cycle has always been a huge fundraiser,” Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Ted Fitzgerald explained.

“The fact that it has survived over the past 23 years, and has actually grown, is a tribute to the organisational skills and the dedication of the organising committee.

A/County Manager Tom Curran also paid tribute to the organising committee. “There are voluntary groups and charities around the county, who would be unable to carry out the work they do, without financial assistance from the Ring of Kerry Voluntary Cycle Committee,” he said

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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