An Taoiseach launches cycle for the Irish Hospice Foundation

02 February 2012

Taoiseach Launches Irish Hospice Foundation CycleAn Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, today (2nd Feb) launched a number of cycling challenges which will take place this Summer for the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) which is
striving to reach the €1m mark from its cycling events.

An Taoiseach, a keen cyclist himself, launched the IHF’s fourth annual cycle programme at Government Buildings in Dublin. The cycles have been organised since 2009 and have raised over €700,000. This year, people have the choice of cycling from Dublin to London from 7th to 12th July or from Lyon to Nice from 22nd until 28th July.

An Taoiseach stated: “Cycling is a fantastic way to clear the head and get some exercise in the great outdoors. The Irish Hospice Foundation challenge is giving people a chance to hop on their bikes to raise some funds for their important work in helping people who are coming to the end of their lives and supporting families who have lost loved ones. Hospice care is about ensuring a holistic approach to the quality of life of people in the final stages of serious illness. Much of the development in our hospice and palliative care services have been because of organisations such as the Irish Hospice Foundation, supporters like the cyclists who will take part in this event and those who sponsor them.”

Sharon Foley, CEO of the IHF, commented: “Our cycles are very important to the IHF in raising vital funds for our programmes. The proceeds will be used to fund a range
of programmes including our bereavement activities, our Children’s Hospice Home Care Programme and efforts to identify and respond to the palliative care needs of
people in the community who are in their last year of life.”

Over the past three years, nearly 300 cyclists have taken part in six cycles. The eldest cyclist was a 73-year-old Wicklow man and the youngest was a 20-year-old
Dubliner. Couples, siblings, cousins and one father-daughter combination have used their pedal power in aid of the IHF. Some 17 cyclists have participated in the cycle
every year since 2009.

Participants on the Dublin to London route have a fundraising target of €2,500 while the fundraising target for Lyon to Nice is €2,950. The Dublin to London route would
be aimed at the more amateur cyclist while the Lyon to Nice route would be for more experienced cyclists. However, a full training guide is provided as with preparation
both cycles are achievable by everyone.

The deadline for registration is 27th April. People who register will pay a non- refundable deposit of €250. There are special rates for group booking. Once people
register, they will receive information on a training programme to follow over three to four months. The details about the cycle are on

For more information, please contact:

Caroline Lynch, Communications/Advocacy Manager, The Irish Hospice Foundation
Mobile: 087-123 75 86

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