A very successful fundraiser in aid of Longford’s Bethany House took place last weekend in the glorious sunshine.
The ‘Easter Bike Run for Bethany’ from Mullingar to Longford was supported by numerous people on the day - even olympic medalist John Joe Nevin, who is currently wheelchair bound, came out to show his support for this very worthy organisation.
The bikers came from all over Longford, Westmeath and Cavan and a great day out was had by all with the weather playing its part on the day.
The first port o’call for the bikers, and very special guest the Easter Bunny, as they left Mullingar, was the Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar where they made their way to the Children’s Ward with easter eggs for everyone in tow.
Bethany House is a women’s refuge nestled in the heart of Longford town. It provides emergency accommodation to women and their children who find themselves homeless because of Domestic Violence or other crisis related reasons. It is a safe and appropriate facility with decent accommodation that meets the needs of women and their children that avail of its services.
Teresa Gilchrist, Manager of Bethany House said that fundraisers like the bike run are very necessary as cutbacks to government funding put pressure on resources.
“Funding to Bethany by government is expected to be cut again,” she said, adding resources and services there were subsequently being pushed ‘beyond the brink’.
“Some staff are working 24 hour shifts to cover few days a week; another person retired. We can’t afford to rehire anybody, so staff are now working above and beyond the call of duty. This is the first year that the Easter Run was organised to help ease the pressure and it was a great success.
“The biking community have time and again helped us when it matters and MEP Marian Harkin also dropped by recently to see the great work that goes on at Bethany House.”