Dan and John to cycle from Mizen to Malin Head for charity fundraiser

Two brothers from Carlingford will cycle the length of the country next month to raise money for three causes close to their hearts.
Dan and John McKevitt in the company of some friends will cycle from Mizen Head in Cork to Malin Head in Donegal on August 10 as they attempt to raise €10,000 which will be split between the Foy Centre in Carlingford, The Maria Goretti Foundation and The Irish Cancer Society.
The idea was first mooted as a fundraiser for the Foy Centre three years ago but due to a variety of circumstances that cycle didn’t take place. John and Dan picked the Irish Cancer Charity as one of their chosen charities in memory of their friend Brian Conlon who passed away from cancer last year. Brian was on the original team with the brothers to take part in this fundraiser three years ago and the duo will now cycle the 466km trip in his memory.
According to Dan the inspiration to reignite the idea came about because of the lockdown and Covid19.
“We would have been pretty keen cyclists for most of our lives but through work and family we haven’t really been out a whole lot over the last few years. When COVID19 hit we got back out on the bike and lucky enough we have lots of spaces in Carlingford including the greenway to go out and cycle so that got us back in the habit. John and his wife Theresa are both on the board of the Foy Centre in Carlingford and they were talking about the spiralling costs incurred by the centre throughout lockdown when obviously no money was coming in.
“The Foy Centre is a local community centre run entirely by volunteers. The centre provides a number of facilities to local groups including soccer, Gaelic and The Carlingford Knights Rugby teams, gymnastics, indoor football and basketball as well as a meeting place for local groups. The building is also home to Gavin and Nichola Ring’s Singing Academy, Fitness with Marie, Little people Pre-school and The Orchard Bakery. The main source of income for the centre is rent from those businesses and funds raised from plays produced by the local drama group. So at that stage myself and John decided that maybe we could resurrect the idea to do a fundraiser for the centre and cycle from Mizen Head to Malin Head to raise a few euro,” explained Dan.
“We’ve both been training hard since March and we’ve managed to rope in a few more people to help as well. We have John Doyle from Omeath who will cycle with us and we are hoping to get a few more people as well. We will also have a couple of support team driving with us in cars and vans and we are currently figuring out which route to take. We will probably go through Killarney, Ennis Mayo and then up to Donegal that way but we’re still working out the finer details.
“When we first came up with this idea three years ago our dear friend Brian Conlon had committed to come with us. Last year Brian passed away having been diagnosed with cancer. We are doing the cycle in his memory and we will donate some of the money raise to the Irish Cancer Society. We are also donating money to the Maria Goretti Foundation who do great work for children with disabilities out in Lordship.
“We have been training hard and have another five or six weeks to go before we set off so hopefully by then we’ll be in decent enough shape to complete the journey. We’d like to thank everybody who has supported us to date and those who are helping us on the cycle,” stated Dan.
To support Dan and John’s fundraiser you can donate on their gofundme page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/mizen-to-mallon

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