Event Beneficiary -
After the success of the inaugural “Get Breathless for COPD” Cycle in June 2016 which raised over €18,000, A. Menarini Ireland, in association with COPD Support Ireland, is once again calling on cyclists of all abilities to join them on a unique cycle from Galway to Dublin to raise funds, and public awareness, for those suffering from COPD in Ireland. To accommodate early demand, capacity in the 2017 event has been increased to 80 participants.
The ‘Get Breathless for COPD’ cycle from Galway to Dublin will once again travel a unique and scenic route from Galway to Dublin. This is a “full service” cycle and is supported by a professional crew
of experienced guides and support vehicles offering mechanical assistance, a range of food, drink and snacks as well as cycling tips and pointers.
In 2016 Irish cycling legend, Sean Kelly, was appointed event champion and entertained participants on the first day of the cycle from Galway to Athlone. Details of the 2017 Champion will be announced ahead of the cycle.
The cycle will take place over two 2 stages on the 23rd and 24th of June including an overnight stay in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone.
All participants will receive:
• Premium “Get Breathless for COPD” jersey and jacket
• Coach transfer from Dublin to Galway (start point)
• Bike and equipment transfer from Dublin to Galway
• Professional cycle guides on bikes at 1:10 ratio (guides to participants)
• Support vehicles with professional mechanics and first AID medics
• Snacks, lunch and hydration • Bed and breakfast in Hodson
Bay Hotel, Athlone
• Welcome BBQ on arrival at Hodson Bay Hotel Athlone
SIGNING UP IS EASY!!
Participants must pay €110 (including 9% VAT) to enter the cycle and then raise a minimum of €250 for COPD Ireland.
Interest in the event has been high and with places limited to only 80, early registration is encouraged in order to avoid disappointment.
SIGN UP AT
Website: www.give2go.ie/events Telephone: 01 497 9337
After signing up - we ask that everyone raises//donates a minimum of a further €250
A PERSONAL CHALLENGE AND A GREAT CAUSE
Whether you are a seasoned cyclist or just getting into the sport, the 2017 “Get Breathless for COPD” cycle will challenge all participants, regardless of ability, at an appropriate level. Our professional guides will ensure that all participants experience the same service, advice and guidance along the route.
More than 380,000 people in Ireland suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) but 270,000 people remain undiagnosed. This cycle will help
to raise awareness of COPD, highlighting the importance and role of exercise in improving overall well-being and quality of life for COPD patients.
In addition the cycle will raise vital funds for COPD Support Ireland, a charity founded in 2013 to support those living with COPD. COPD Support Ireland is the only national COPD support and advocacy body, bringing together local support groups from around the country, to help those living with, and caring for, someone with COPD.
“We are delighted to be a part
of this wonderful initiative to
raise awareness of COPD. All
funds raised will go towards
our education and awareness programmes, exercise classes
and research. We would like to encourage cyclists to take up this challenge and journey with us on the road to improving the quality of life for those suffering with COPD.
Thank you to those who have already signed up to take part.”
Damien Peelo Executive Director COPD Support Ireland
‘We wanted to become part of the enthusiasm there is around programmes in rehabilitation and exercise in COPD, as well as bringing attention to it. We were hoping to lead by example too, not only from an industry perspective but also a medical perspective by supporting the cycle from Galway to Dublin.’
Professor Sean Gaine, Consultant Respiratory Physician.
“I want to thank you all for your company & support on the Galway- Dublin cycle. It was my first experience cycling in a big group - it was great to have such capable & friendly sorts all around - it really added to the experience. Well done Andrew for organizing such an excellent event. Keep well & keep on pedaling!”
Ray Brady, 2016 participant