Pedal power raises €23,000 for MS

Participants in the charity cycle who helped to raise �23,000. Photo: Shelley Corcoran
The third annual Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Cycle, organised by the Considine Family took place on October 12 last, to much success.

The third annual Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Cycle, organised by the Considine Family took place on October 12 last, to much success.

With over €23,000 raised so far, the event has gone from strength to strength with over 200 cyclists joining forces to raise some much needed funds for a very worthy cause.

Eamon Considine has been living with MS for the last 21 years, and for the past three years he, together with his five siblings, have been running the cycle to raise funds for the MS Northwest Therapy Centre, Sligo.

“We had a fantastic day and 202 people took part,” said Mr Considine, adding that this was a marked increase on the number of participants last year. “The weather was ideal and there was a great atmosphere, and so far just over €23,000 has been raised with donations still coming in.”

Each year the Considines raise the funds for the Sligo Centre. In January it is hoped that a respite facility will be added to the centre.

It is there that Eamon receives treatments and spends time with other people from the region affected by MS. “It is a fantastic centre and a new respite facility will open there in January.”

Mr Considine continued, “when I attend the centre I meet others in the same boat as myself and we chat and talk to each other; I also avail of treatments like reflexology, etc. We are hoping to raise €100,000 within a five year period because really it is a fantastic centre. It is dependent on financial support, and really the annual cycle gives myself and my family an opportunity to give back something. I also want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who helped out or supported the cycle fundraiser in any way. We are absolutely delighted with the results and we look forward to doing it all over again next year.”

The MS North West Therapy Centre was created to enrich the lives of people with MS by providing essential services and support to patients and their families. The Centre relies heavily on the tireless dedication and enthusiasm of its fundraisers to enable the provision of services. The building and refurbishment of Woodhaven House - a state of the art guesthouse in a scenic location in Sligo - is nearing completion and will open in autumn 2013. This new service will provide totally person-centred holiday and respite breaks for people with MS as well as their families and carers.

Organisers say this year’s cycle was the most successful fundraiser to date and there has been a steady increase in participants since the initiative began in 2011.

“We are hoping that more people will come on board next year - there has been a steady increase in support since all this began and if we get that support, then I have no doubt that we will be on target to raise that €100,000 for the MS Northwest Therapy Centre in Sligo,” added Mr Considine. “We are absolutely delighted with the level of support that we received this year. Thanks so much to everyone.”