Council staff get in the saddle for Cork charity

November 12th, 2015 10:15 PM

By Kieran McCarthy

Cork County Council staff that raised money for the friends of Marymount

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CORK County Council staff have raised €2,616 for the Friends of Marymount through the Big Bike Ride 2015, which took place in September. 

The event, now in its fifth year, aims to promote a healthy lifestyle for Cork County Council staff while also highlighting the Cork County Council ‘Bike to Work’ scheme. 

A total of 46 staff, in their own personal time, joined this year’s Big Bike Ride and in addition 13 members of staff also cycled on a stationary bike in the County Hall foyer, highlighting both their efforts and that of their colleagues’, who were making their way across Cork’s scenic county.

‘Our greatest strength in Cork County Council is our staff. We place an extremely high value on both their contribution and dedication,’ said Tim Lucey, chief executive of Cork County Council.

‘With an awareness of the importance of healthy mind and body, we have placed a greater emphasis on, and encourage participation in, healthy lifestyle initiatives that will reap benefits both at work, at home and into the large community,’ he said.

‘The staff who gave up their own time to organise and partake in this for the Friends of Marymount, are to be commended. This type of an event leads to a very positive culture within the organisation and portrays a very positive images to the customers of Cork that we serve,’ he added.

Over the past five years, the Big Bike Ride has raised over €17,000 benefitting a variety of charities such as Down Syndrome Ireland, Katie’s Wish to Walk’ CUH Children’s Ward and Suicide Aware. 

This year’s beneficiary, the Friends of Marymount, was also the main charity to benefit from the €50,000 raised on the night. 

A recent coffee morning hosted in County Hall by Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr John Paul O’Shea, also raised an additional €1,200 for Marymount Hospice.

Cork County Council is also delighted to announce that the Big Bike Ride 2015 is also the recipient of the Public Sector magazine award for November 2015.

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