Local girl Jillian McNulty who is an avid campaiger for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is organising a fundraising cycle from Carrick-on-Shannon to St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin for later this year.
The event, which will take place from June 21-24, will see the Longford town native - who suffers from CF - take part in yet another challenge, following on from her success in the recent Dublin City Marathon where she finished the event in eight hours.
The cycle weekend will include fundraising, auctions and bucket collections as well as stop overs for participants in Longford, Enfield and Liffey Valley - and all this before the final leg of the cycle to St Vincent’s Hospital where a new state of the art CF Unit was established last year.
Jillian has spent alot of time at the health facilty over the past five years and was hospitalised for two months following her completion of the Dublin City Marathon back in October.
Now out of hospital, just four weeks, the 36-year-old is determined to raise the funds and remember her friend – Laois native Eleanor Walsh – who sadly passed away a couple of months ago.
“The cycle starts off in Carrick-on-Shannon and will take place over four days,” added Ms McNulty. “I am hoping that loads of people will come on board and help to support this very worthwhile cause.
“We will have an auction at the Courtyard Cafe in Longford town on the Saturday and have some fantastic musical entertainment for the ocassion. Mike Mulvihill from Shannonside will MC the event and we will stop over that night in the Longford Arms Hotel.
“Next morning, the cyclists will head for Enfield where they will stay in the Hamlet Court Hotel. Mother Hubbards has also very kindly offered refreshments en route, and it will be on then to Liffey Valley and the Clarion Hotel. The final day will see us cycle to St Vincent’s Hospital where we will be met by CEO John Hickey and Senator David Norris.”
It was during her last stay in hospital that Jillian learned of the death of Eleanor, who was just across the corridor from her friend when she passed away. She, like Jillian, also suffered from CF.
“Eleanor was one of my best friends; in fact she was like a sister to me,” she said, adding that Eleanor’s birthday is on June 21 and the cycle was “a great way to remember her”.
“Eleanor’s sister and two of her friends are also taking part, so that is a great boost. At the moment I am feeling good and doing well, but with CF you can feel great today and not so great tomorrow.”
More information can be obtained on mycharity.ie To support log on and search for Jillian Cycle for Cystic Fibrosis & St Vincent’s Foundation (Carrick-on-Shannon – Dublin). Registration for the cycle costs €25.
The National Churchgate Collection for CF takes place in Co Longford April 27th/28th.