8th Annual Emergency Services and Friends Charity Cycle

The 8th Annual Emergency Services and Friends Charity Cycle will take place on Saturday July 9th next. A new route has been planned this year and the organisers are hopeful that the torrential rain of the past two years will hold off this year.

The cycle will begin as usual in Skibbereen Fire Station and will then head towards the town of Bantry for its first official stop. On leaving Bantry cyclists will travel to Durrus and enjoy the breathtaking views of Dunmanus Bay before heading up over Mount Gabriel and on to Schull for the second stop.
The final leg will bring all cyclists back to Skibbereen for the customary barbecue at Skibbereen Fire Station. There will be an after party social, again in Skibbereen town, to finish off the night. 

Beneficiaries this year include Skibbereen Day Care Centre, Palliative Care Unit of Bantry General Hospital, Dunmanway Youth Café and Motor Neuron Association of Ireland.
Already cyclists from Canada, Fermanagh, Limerick, Dublin, and Belfast have signed up and it is advisable to get your sponsor card early, as numbers will be limited this year.

Our overseas visitor from Canada, Tracy Brooks, is both a fixed wing and helicopter medic and the organisers are delighted with her attendance this year. It will be her first ever visit to Ireland.
  Over the past seven years over €280,000 has been donated to various organisations.

Cards are available from Garry Minihane (086) 8328394, Roycroft Cycles, Skibbereen, or log on to www.westcorkemscycle.com for further information

Committee members and emergency services personnel pictured at the launch of the
 2011 West Cork emergency services and friends charity cycle.