The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle
BACK ON THE ROAD
Saturday, July 2nd, 2022
Monday February 7th, 2022: The first ever Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle took place 40 years ago when a small group of Killarney cyclists had an idea to cycle the Ring of Kerry to raise money for charity. Today, the vision hasn’t changed but the enormity and success of the event has grown exponentially. This fundraising event brings together thousands of cyclists making it Ireland’s largest one day charity cycle event and has raised over €17.4 million for 160 Charity and Voluntary Community Organisations making a powerful and meaningful impact for people in need across our communities.
The great news is that we are “Back on the Road” for real on Saturday, July 2nd, 2022 and Registration will open via the website on February 14th at 12 noon. Last year, whilst we did not run the event in its usual format, cyclists from all over the country registered for the “Ring of Kerry Cycle 170 kms My Way” cycling the distance in their own neighbourhoods and fundraised via the iDonate platform for their selected Charities.
Tony Daly, Acting Chair of the organising committee says “ The cycling community of Kerry and beyond are so thrilled and so looking forward to coming back and feeling the energy and excitement of the day. It is always such a special time, perhaps best described as a Carnival for cyclists and their families and the many volunteers who gather year after year to be part of this great day. We have come a long way from those early days when cyclists dusted off their push bikes, no helmets or lycra then, and you were doing well if you had a gear on your bike! Van loads of volunteers would follow and with buckets in hand they could collect up to €15,000 on the day. The principal has not changed and this year we will be supporting six charities, four specific to Kerry and two national and we hope we can raise a €1,000,000 Euro for the nominated charities”
In years past the event has seen 10,000 and more cyclists participate, for safety and to better manage the catering this year’s cycle will be restricted to 8,000 cyclists and with a significant number of registered cyclists already on the books deferred from 2020/21 – Cathal Walshe PRO of ROKCC commented “we know there will pent up demand for this years cycle, so it will be a case of “the early bird catches the worm” so cyclists be on the ready when Registration Opens at 12 noon on Valentine’s Day!”
Cyclists signing up to complete the scenic 170 km fun cycle, will be raising money for 6 carefully selected main beneficiary charities this year and choosing one to fundraise for. Funds raised to date have contributed towards new hospital extensions, special needs facilities, care for the elderly, suicide prevention, sea and mountain rescue, cancer, kidney and end of life support and more.
The main beneficiary charities chosen this year include national charities
Breakthrough Cancer Research
Irish Community Air Ambulance
and Kerry Charities are
Ard Chúram Dementia Centre Listowel
Banna Rescue C.R.B.I Unit
Cúnamh Iveragh Respite Home for adults with special needs
Down Syndrome Kerry
The registration fee for 2022 is €100.00 plus a 3.5% service fee. Cyclists can choose to fundraise for their selected charity and
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