ORGANISERS were thrilled with the high level of support shown again this year for the annual Kells Kings Charity Cycle. Setting out from the village of Kells on the last day of August, 450 cyclists enjoyed a fine day and pleasant cycling conditions as they rolled through scenic countryside, charming villages and over hills and valleys with stunning vistas. Many locals also attended the Family Fun Day and later that evening a Cut n’ Colour event closed out the day in hair-raising style with many brave locals subjecting themselves to merciless hairdressers for the cause.
This week Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre received cheques totalling €16,225; proceeds from the Kells Kings Charity Cycle (€13,025) and Cut n’ Colour event (€3,200). Speaking at the presentation Colette Dalton of Cois Nore said “Since we began our fundraising efforts, Kells Kings Charity Cycle and Cut n’ Colour has been the single biggest contributor to our cause. The total amount raised for Cois Nore to date exceeds €36,000. Words cannot express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who supported, attended and contributed in any way.’
Mayor of Kilkenny and member of the Cois Nore Board of Management, Martin Brett added “This is a story about the power of good and it shows what people can do when they set their minds to helping others. Kells is a small village with a big heart; a place where community spirit shines through. This immense charitable endeavour by the people of Kells is a lifeline for us in continuing to provide vital services to Kilkenny people and their families who are touched by cancer.”
The village of Kells woke early on the morning of cycle as literally hundreds of locals prepared to take up their posts; registering cyclists, making food and refreshments, manning car parks, directing traffic, marshalling junctions along the 116km route and co-ordinating the numerous fringe events which took place later that day on the picturesque river banks at Mullin’s Mill. Later that night a well attended Cut n’ Colour event closed out a phenomenal day of fundraising. In addition to supporting Cois Nore over the last two years, a further €4,000 was also raised by local community based organisations in Kells by holding fringe events on the day.
A spokesperson for the Kells Kings Charity Cycle Committee concluded that “Organisers were delighted to see a record number of 7,920 unique visitors to the event website (kellskings.ie) this year. The Kells Kings Charity Cycle is now established on the annual calendar of cycling events and we sincerely hope that it will grow from strength to strength in years to come.”
Cois Nore donations are still very welcome and can be made via the Kells Kings Charity Cycle website at http://www.kellskings.ie/Kells_Kings_Charity_Cycle_Donate.html
The Kells Kings Charity Cycle Committee also extend a very sincere thank you to their generous sponsors who are listed at http://www.kellskings.ie/Kells_Kings_Charity_Cycle_Sponsors.html