Caroreigh cyclists bridge the fitness gap

By AMY LEWIS

Published 27/10/2015 | 00:00

Richie Bridges and Shauna Stapleton with Fr. David Murphy, Jim Dempsey, Caroreigh NR Principal, staff and pupils.
Richie Bridges and Shauna Stapleton with Fr. David Murphy, Jim Dempsey, Caroreigh NR Principal, staff and pupils.

Last March, teachers Shauna Stapleton and Richie Bridges had a passionate discussion about children's fitness, unaware that this conversation was going to lead to something big.

However, that is exactly what happened when the pair came up with the idea for the Bridge the Gap fundraiser cycle. The pair, who work at St Garvan's National School in Caroreigh, encouraged a team of 48 parents and locals to get up and get moving to promote healthy living in their school.

Battling against harsh weather conditions and challenging terrain, the group pedalled from Caroreigh to Waterford. Owing to their efforts, they raised €2,000 for the cause, which will pay for new PE equipment and the hire of external sports coaches. As the school is participating in the Active Flag programme this year, their efforts proved particularly significant.

The cycle received great support from local businesses, who kept the cyclists fuelled with food and drinks and also offered generous sponsorship.

Principal of the school, Jim Dempsey, expressed his thanks to the organisers and participants for their support.

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