500 to take part in biggest Santa Cycle

By William O'Connor

THE biggest Santa Cycle in the country is taking place on Sunday, December 1 to raise vital funds for sick children.

The public are invited to take part in the Laurels cycle crew’s biggest Santa Cycle, now in its fifth year, which will have 500 people dressed as Santa with Christmas lights, leaving Clondalkin village at 4.30pm on December 1.

Cycle Crew Santa 06 L to R Brian Stirrat Tony Lawlor Courtney Long Kenneth Egan Louise Moles Derek Cummins Cathal Harling compressor

Brian Stirrat, Tony Lawlor, Courtney Long, Kenneth Egan, Louise Moles, Derek Cummins and Cathal Harling

The cycle route will go through town, past CHI at Crumlin (formerly Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital) and finishing back in Clondalkin.

The cost to enter the cycle is €30 which includes the Santa suit and Christmas lights.

The money from the cycle goes to CMRF Crumlin who raise vital funds for Crumlin Hospital and the National Children’s Research Centre.

The Laurels Cycle Crew is 11 years old and has raised an incredible €1,030,000 for CMRF Crumlin. In 2019 the group celebrated passing the €1million mark and in 2016 they won the charity event of the year at the Irish Healthcare Awards.

“We’re so excited for the Santa Cycle this year,” Damien Long, co-founder of the Laurels cycle crew, said.

“We’re expecting over 500 Santas to join us this year and help raise vital funds for an extremely important cause.

“It’s always such a lovely day and we’re calling on the public to join and support us for a day full of enjoyment, with one common goal – to do whatever it takes to help some of Ireland’s sickest children!”

People can sign up to Ireland’s largest Santa Cycle on Eventbrite.

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