Big hearted Rían McCrystal will cycle 200km this month in aid of the Maria Goretti Foundation in Lordship. The respite Centre in Lordship provides a much-needed service to parents with children who need specialist care in a home environment for children with intellectual disability, autism or physical and sensory disabilities.
Rían, who hails from the Point Road couldn’t miss his love of cycling with his dad Bryan one of the finest triathletes in the country while aunty Eve who is a current national champion has achieved huge success on her bike not least world and paralympic medals.
Rían will endeavour to cycle 200km on his bicycle during the month of February and has set up a gofundmepage with all proceeds raised going to the Maria Goretti Foundation in Lordship. As dad Bryan explains the idea was all Rian’s as he wanted to do something to help others during lockdown.
“Yeah, Rian loves being on the bike and is very active so he thought to himself why not try and raise some money for a local charity by setting a target in February for himself. We decided to go with 200km during the month which works out at about 7km a day which is no bother to him. I’m from Jenkinstown originally and we have a cycling track out there which we built ourselves so Rían loves to spend time out there on the bike. Being from out that direction I know the great work that goes on in the Maria Goretti Foundation and so we decided to choose them as the beneficiaries of our fundraising,” explained Bryan.
As Bryan’s proud mother Karen explains the target of €1000 set by Rían has almost been reached already with the total standing at €800 on Monday afternoon.
“Rían was absolutely thrilled when he woke up on Monday morning to see how much he had raised already. We want to thank everybody who has donated so far and the money is going to a great organisation. We are so blessed to have two healthy children and we know how much great work they do in Maria Goretti to help and support parents whose children need specialist care. They do phenomenal work up there and like all charities they are struggling to raise funds because of Covid. We are delighted Rían has took on this challenge and hopefully we can hand over a nice cheque to Maria Goretti foundation next month,” stated Karen.