On your bike for cancer support centre

KILKENNY hurling stars, Richie Power, Paul Murphy and Noel Hickey have come together to officially launch the ‘Kells Angels Charity Cycle’ which will be held on Saturday, September 1.

KILKENNY hurling stars, Richie Power, Paul Murphy and Noel Hickey have come together to officially launch the ‘Kells Angels Charity Cycle’ which will be held on Saturday, September 1.

The event will start in the scenic village of Kells, just eight miles from Kilkenny City. This is the first year of the event and participants from Kilkenny City, county and far beyond are already lining up to participate.

Proceeds from the cycle will go towards financing a much needed Cancer Support Centre in Kilkenny.

Challenges of cancer

Currently Kilkenny is one of only six counties in Ireland with no Cancer Support Unit. This is set to change later this year when the ‘Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre’ will open its doors in Walkin Street in the city.

The Centre will provide compassionate, practical and emotional support to local people and their families who are dealing with the challenges of cancer diagnosis. All services at the Centre will be provided free of charge.

“Unfortunately cancer touches many families throughout Ireland. We are hoping to raise enough money to make a real difference to the lives of those who are affected locally.

“Some serious training is now underway and we are really hoping that it will all be worthwhile when we get to hand over a cheque to Cois Nore,” said John Power, Kells Angels Committee Member. “Everyone is urged to assist in whatever way they can.

“To support the cause you can log on to www.kellsangels.ie and register to take part in one of three cycles suited to different age groups and fitness levels.”

Enjoy the challenge

Big numbers of cycling enthusiasts are expected to take part in the 110 klm challenge. Others are dusting down their bikes and getting into training for the less strenuous 30 klm local loop.

Finally, for adults and children who just want to go out for a spin and have a bit of fun, there is also a 7.5 klm Family Fun Cycle.

“It’s great that people can get out and enjoy a challenging route or a leisurely spin in support of Cois Nore. I think this cycle is appealing because it is open to anyone. The money goes to a worthy cause and it’s all taking place in a lovely part of the world,” said Cois Nore chairperson, Liz Ruth.

If cycling is not your thing, the organisers have also laid on an action packed Family Fun Day on the afternoon of Saturday, September 1 on the banks of the Kings river in Kells.

People have been urged to come along and enjoy the barbeque and lots of fun activities, including a good, old fashioned duck race, face painting, music, a cake sale and lots more.