Fastnet Charity Cycle 2012 raises €11,500 for West Cork Charities
Four West Cork charities received cheques totalling €11,500 this month, as the Fastnet Charity Cycle team presented them with the funds its cyclists raised on their charity cycle from Castletownbere to Dingle and back in June.
The funds were shared among the RNLI which received €4,600, Beara CoAction which was given €2,300, and palliative care services at both Castletownbere Community Hospital, and the internationally-renowned Dechen Shying Care Centre, both of which also received cheques for €2,300.
While this is the third year the Fastnet Cycle has taken place, it is the first year that funds have been raised for the RNLI, a move inspired by the new lifeboat station at Castletownbere.
The 60 cyclists who made the trip to Dingle received a great welcome there, and local members of the RNLI lent a hand to help them with their fundraising in the town.
The Fastnet Cycle event was organised by local garage owner Paul O’Shea, with Matt Padwick and Mary Callaghan from the Dechen Shying Care Centre. ‘We’ve had fantastic support from local businesses here,’ says Paul. ‘SuperValu, Bike’n’Beara, Bantry Tyre Centre, and lots of other local businesses gave us great practical support. Our travel costs were covered by a single donor, and that has meant we’ve been able to pass on even more money to our charities. These are tough times, and people’s generosity is inspiring.’
To find out more about the fourth Fastnet Cycle event, planned for next year, visit the Fastnet Cycle’s website at http://fastnetcycle.com.