With more than €11.9 million raised to date, the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle (ROKCC) today announced its 10 main beneficiary charities for 2017 and set a registration open date for the 25th of February.
The event, now in its 34th year, is the biggest one day charity fundraising event in Ireland, attracting over 10,000 leisure cyclists, completing the 112-mile challenge across the spectacular Ring of Kerry, while at the same time fundraising for worthy charities.
The 10 main beneficiary charities for 2017 are:
– Derrynane Inshore Rescue Services
– Kerry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre
– Talbot Grove
– Recovery Haven
– Social Action Group Rathmore
– Kerry Parents & Friends Association
– Down Syndrome Ireland – Kerry Branch
– Camphill Community Dingle
– Temple Street Foundation
– Valentia Island Hospital
The charities nominated were found to provide very worthwhile services and support many people within communities across Munster, said Cathal Walshe, PRO Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.
“With €1.7 million raised alone in 2016, the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle share a collective vision – to raise as much money as possible for the Munster region each year. We are delighted to partner with 10 very worthy charitable organisations in achieving a successful event with them and our cyclists this year. Our volunteers will also play a pivotal role once more this year in giving their time over to ensure the event is as beneficial it can be for both the fundraisers and the charities.”
Registration for the biggest one-day charity fundraising event in Ireland will open on the 25th of February 2017. There will be 10,000 spaces available and as part of the registration process all participants will be required to select one of the 10 main beneficiary charities, to cycle for. Each charity will be allocated 1,000 cyclists and when the allocated spaces for a charity are full – registrants will be have the option to select another charity which has availability.
“There will be no lottery system this year, and registrations will be taken on a first come first served basis. The 2017 process has evolved to provide a smoother process for cyclists and fundraisers to engage with.”
“With each charity allocated 1,000 cyclists during registration, they will have a chance to directly engage with a set group of cyclists to facilitate their fundraising and inspire a close kinship during their preparations for the big event”, added Cathal Walshe, PRO Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.
The registration fee for 2017 is €100.00 plus a 3.5% service fee. Cyclists will have the option to make additional donations or fundraise for their chosen charity and can additionally request a sponsorship card or set up an online fundraising page with Everyday Hero to facilitate their own fundraising journey.