Staff of Specsavers, Longford set their wheels in motion for a major fundraising drive on Saturday, June 7.
Longford staff and supporters took to their bike for a static cycle outside the Ballymahon Street store in an effort to raise funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, which is Specsavers Ireland’s chosen charity of the year.
In a bid to raise €100,000 for the hospital over the next year, Specsavers stores all over Ireland took part in the cycle, aiming to cover the circumference of Ireland (5,600kms) over the course of the day.
From 10am to 5.30pm, staff, patients and even passers-by took to the saddle to support the event, which will no doubt go a long way in helping Specsavers Ireland reach their goal to renovate the ophthalmology unit at the children’s hospital.
Speaking to the Leader after the event, Manager of the Longford store, Laura Morris happily reported that €557 was raised on the day.
Ms Morris explained that each person took a turn cycling on the bike, while another stood alongside with a bucket to collect donations.
After all their hard work, Ms Morris revealed that Longford participants had cycled 125km throughout the day, exceeding their target of 120km.
“It was brilliant,” she added.