- 2016 cycle from Galway to Dublin saw doctors help raise €18,000 for COPD Support Ireland
- Visit www.give2go.ie/events to register for this year’s cycle
Dublin, Ireland, 1 February 2017: COPD Support Ireland, in partnership with A. Menarini Pharmaceuticals Ireland, has opened registrations for the second year of the unique ‘Get Breathless for COPD’ event, a two-day challenge to cycle from Galway to Dublin raising vital funds for COPD services.
Supported by a professional crew of guides and support vehicles, the cycle will take place on June 23 and 24 2017, overnighting in the Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone.
For seasoned cyclists or those just getting into the sport, the 2017 “Get Breathless for COPD” cycle will challenge all participants at an appropriate level. With event capacity increased in 2017, event organisers are hoping to raise in excess of the €18,000 raised in 2016.
Last year, Irish cycling legend Sean Kelly was appointed event champion and entertained participants from Galway to Athlone. Details of the 2017 Champion will be announced this Spring.
Keen cyclist, Irish Olympic Team Doctor and Consultant Respiratory Physician at the Mater Hospital Professor Sean Gaine will once again join the cycle, and encourages anyone interested to register, regardless of their experience.
“This year we’re again aiming to highlight the important role exercise plays in improving quality of life for COPD patients, and to raise much-needed funds for COPD Support Ireland,” he said.
According to Damien Peelo, Executive Director of COPD Support Ireland:
“We are delighted to once again be a part of this wonderful initiative to raise awareness of COPD and support essential services around the country. Last year’s funds helped support Our COPD and Me exercise programmes, patient information for those newly diagnosed with COPD, our advocacy services, the establishment of new local COPD Support Groups and research on the impact of living with COPD.
“We would like to encourage cyclists to take up this challenge and journey with us on the road to improving the quality of life for those suffering with COPD.”
Participants must pay €110 to enter the cycle and then raise a minimum of €250 for COPD Support Ireland. For each participant that meets the fundraising target, A. Menarini will make an additional donation to COPD Support Ireland.
Francis Lynch, A. Menarini Pharmaceuticals Ireland, said:
“We are delighted to once again partner with COPD Support Ireland with the announcement of the second ‘Get breathless for COPD’ cycle, an exciting opportunity to raise awareness levels for COPD in Ireland, and to raise much-needed funds.”
Interest in the event is expected to be even higher than last year, so early registration is encouraged in order to avoid disappointment.
For more information and to register, visit www.give2go.ie/events