Lads' cycle trip gives charities a big boost

By Amy Lewis

Adam Boyce and Jason Dunne at the Hope Centre with the centre's Michael Jordan.
Adam Boyce and Jason Dunne at the Hope Centre with the centre's Michael Jordan.

Two local lads got themselves into gear for a courageous 1400km charity cycle around Ireland.

Adam Boyce from Kilrane and Jason Dunne from Enniscorthy took on the challenging endeavour in an effort to raise money for Crumlin's Children's Hospital and the Hope Centre in Enniscorthy.

The pair pedalled around the country over the course of 10 days, raising over €5,000 in the process.

'It was a very long trip and we only had one day off,' explained Adam. 'It was certainly an experience!'

Despite their difficulties, the pair are delighted that they took on the challenge.

'I enjoyed every minute of it,' said Adam, soon after he returned to Enniscorthy. 'I would definitely do it again but I need a rest first.'

Although the pair only spent six months planning the cycle, the fundraiser was in the pipeline for quite a while. Adam, who spent time in Crumlin as a child, had always thought about raising funds for the hospital.

'I spent half of my life in Crumlin and I wanted to repay them for the help they gave me,' explained Adam.

According to Adam, a similar fundraiser was organised for him when he was ill.

'A man travelled around Ireland in a bathtub to raise money for my treatment,' he said. 'I wanted to try to beat that!'

The Hope Centre is also a cause that is close to their hearts as both have family members who have experienced cancer. On their return from the cycle, they were greeted at the centre by family members, friends and 'plenty of other familiar faces'.

'It was fantastic,' said Adam. 'They gave us a massive amount of support.'

Adam and Jason also commended the support of the many local businesses, saying that the trip wouldn't have happened without them.

Staff at The Hope Centre had another reason to celebrate on the day. Not long after the two cyclists returned from their journey, they were presented with a cheque for €1008 by Matt O'Connor from Kilmuckridge. Matt, who raised the money by participating in the Hope and Dream Run, was joined by members of his family for the presentation, including his sister Helen who helped him to raise the funds. He was also joined by niece Lorraine O'Connor, who said she was very proud of his achievement.

'The afternoon went really well,' she said. 'We all came together as a family to support Mattie.'

Lorraine and her family also received a tour of The Hope Centre on the day.

'It was really nice to see where the money is going,' she said.

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