By CONOR NASH
THE annual Fort 2 Fort Charity Cycle, which takes place next month, will finish in Crosshaven’s Camden Fort Meagher.
The cycle, on Sunday March 20th, will raise funds for organisations in Cork including Camden Fort, the Mercy University Hospital Foundation and several Cork Lions Clubs.
Fort 2 Fort is now in its fifth year and has firmly established itself in the calendar for Cork’s cycling enthusiasts.
Over 1,900 cyclists have participated, and €85,180 has been raised for local beneficiaries so far. The 2016 cycle starts at Trabolgan Holiday Village in East Cork, and will take cyclists through some of the most spectacular scenic routes around Cork harbour, before heading towards Crosshaven.
Speaking about how funds raised will be used, Micheál Sheridan, CEO at the Mercy Hospital Foundation, said that one in three of us can expect to have cancer at some point in our lives. ‘It is likely we, or someone close to us, will have to experience sitting in a consultation room and being given the devastating news,’ he said. ‘We are building a specialised Cancer CARE Centre next to the hospital that will provide a quiet, safe place for patients and families to help them deal with their cancer diagnosis.’ The Centre, it is hoped, will also help them to receive ongoing assistance during their cancer journey through one-to-one support, peer-group sessions and counselling in a non-clinical and relaxed environment.
‘Our mission is to inspire people to support advancements in research, diagnosis, treatments and the care of patients at the Mercy University Hospital.
‘This is only possible through the help of our supporters and donors like those who participate and support the cycle,’ Micheál concluded.
Registration is €45 before March 20th, or €50 on the day. Register at www.mercyfundraising.ie or call (021) 4274076.