West Cork contingent joins Ring of Kerry Charity cycle

West Cork contingent joins Ring of Kerry Charity cycle

CYCLISTS from West Cork joined the thousands of participants in the annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle event this weekend.

This year we celebrate forty years of supporting hundreds of charities, including the kidney community for which the foundation was originally established.

Of the thousands of cyclists who took part, over 50 carried the Irish Kidney Association flag, promoting the life-saving act of organ donation for transplantation. The group included kidney, heart and liver transplant recipients, living kidney donors and their families and friends, an inspiration to us all and a great reflection of the wider kidney community in Ireland.

Among the riders who completed the spectacularly beautiful 170km Ring of Kerry circuit were inspiring people with personal connections to kidney health and organ donation (links to many of their profiles at the end of the press release).

Joan McDonald, a living kidney donor from Oysterhaven, Cork, who generously donated a kidney to her sister Fiona (who lives in Midleton) nine months ago, joined the cycle and embodied the spirit of giving and hope.

The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle Event has now raised almost €20 million for over 170 charities and good causes, and was originally founded by two Killarney stalwarts, Theresa Looney and Denis Geaney, who raised money to build a dialysis centre in Tralee for Kerry patients who had to travel to Cork for treatment due to the lack of a local treatment centre. Theresa’s husband Pat Looney cycled in the first cycle and has now taken up the challenge forty years later.

For more information about the event or to make a donation, please visit www.ika.ie/ringofkerry