In loving memory of the late Ross Carr, a memorial cycle is taking place on April 13.
On July 4, 2013 Ross died suddenly leaving behind his wife Sarah-Jane and 8-year-old son Rory, his mother Deirdre, his father and mother-in-law John and Catherine, his brothers Jason, Graham, Gregory and his brothers-in-law John, Mark, Noel and David. The families are organising the Ross Carr 100k Challenge to commemorate Rossâ€™ untimely passing.
Ross was a devoted husband, father and a much loved member of the community. An employee of Irish Rail, Ross was a friendly face to all who passed through Edgeworthstown train station.
Speaking to the Longford Leader Sarah-Jane and the families would like to thank all of those who have shown kindness by sending cards and letters over the past few months. â€œDuring this difficult time we would also like to remember all of our family members and friends who have gone before us. Everyday someone else is experiencing this loss and suffering. All I can say is that the support of my family, Rossâ€™ family and our friends makes each day a little easier.â€
The aim of this 100k cycle is to raise enough funds to purchase lifesaving equipment for the new Cardiac Unit at Our Ladyâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Hospital, Crumlin. In November 2013 a new purpose built cardiac unit opened at Our Ladyâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Hospital. The facility is a 25-bed dedicated infant and child cardiac unit, along with accommodation for the families.
Funds will also be donated to Rainbows, Longford.
Rainbows Ireland is a peer-support programme to assist children andã€€young peopleã€€experiencing a significant loss in their lives through a death, separation or divorce in their family. Rainbows help by providing a safe setting in which children and young people can share their feelings, emotions and struggles with others who have similar experiences, supported by a trained facilitator.
The 100k challenge will start at the Longford Slashers Complex at 10am on April 13. Registration will take place between 8.30am and 9.30am. If you would like to support this event without cycling you can volunteer to marshal on the day or simply make a donation. If you would like a sponsorship card and/or to volunteer please contact Rachel Masterson on 085 7449513.
For any local businesses who would like to sponsor this event please contact Lisa Brady on 087 7786834. In return for sponsorship your logo/brand will be placed on the race merchandise and you will receive media coverage.
For further information please log onto www.therosscarrchallenge.com.