THE promotion of the Wild Atlantic Way (WAW) is already reaping benefits, with the Miniclub of Ireland choosing the southern leg of the route for a charity run next month.
Last year the club travelled the West Cork leg of the touring route, in aid of the West Cork Rapid Response Unit. They raised a total of €3,000 over the weekend, through sponsorship and an auction.
This year, the club is undertaking the West Cork to Clare leg of the coastal route, via Kerry, to raise funds for the Cork Association for Autism.
On Friday, May 22nd, the collection of Minis, of all ages, will depart from Kinsale to drive a total of 700km.
The chosen charity, the Cork Association for Autism (CAA), provides services to 250 adults with autism and asperger syndrome.
It provides person-centred support and skill development programmes to adults on the autism spectrum throughout Cork.
All funds raised this year will go towards the CAA’s Building for the Future campaign which involves building a new day centre in Mogeely.
The new centre will include four activity rooms and a relaxation room and will enable CAA to roll out additional activities and learning opportunities to clients.
The drive kicks off on the Friday at 9.30am in Kinsale, with a departure time of 10.30am, following a briefing from the event organisers, while road books, rally plates and entry packs will be handed out to every entrant.
The drivers will leave Waterville in Co Kerry on Saturday morning to complete the Ring of Kerry. There will be a full day’s driving that will finish up in Co Clare that night.
Sunday’s drive will take in the remainder of the Co Clare leg of the route, followed by an afternoon activity, giving everyone plenty of time to get home.
The event is open to all Mini drivers (1959 to 2015 models), and the entry fee is €80, with a discounted rate of €60 for Miniclub of Ireland members.
It is just €20 to join the Miniclub of Ireland so it is well worth joining up, as the club have plenty of other exciting events for the rest of the year. An entry form for the event can be downloaded from www.miniclub.ie and once an entry form and fee has been received, participants will be sent a sponsorship card from the club to raise money for the Cork Association for Autism.
Offers have been arranged for accommodation for both nights for this event – further details, including rates and how to book, will be posted on the Miniclub’s website.
For any enquiries, please contact Ger O’Leary (086-8663828) or Sarah Hudson (086-7809456). Entries to be sent to club secretary Oliver McCarthy, at Willsfort House, Douglas, Cork, or email [email protected]