Laurels Charity Crew set to break €1m mark in money raised for Our Lady’s

Laurels Charity Crew set to break €1m mark in money raised for Our Lady’s

By Maurice Garvey 

THE sun shone brightly on the Laurels Charity Crew over the weekend, as they cycled from Galway to Dublin in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

Established in 2009 by Laurels bar manager Damien Long and head barman Denis McCarthy, this was the 10th anniversary of the Galway to Dublin cycle.

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On your bike: Stephen Burke, Graham Browne, Denis Kelly, Damien Long and Mathew Burke

In the last two years, the crew host two Christmas cycles from Phoenix Park to Clondalkin and another one in Cork.

A huge amount of planning goes into the events, with hundreds of volunteers, marshals, crew members and gardai, ensuring everything runs smoothly.

The crew have raised over €860,000 for Our Lady’s as their biggest non-corporate donor, and are on course to break the €1 million mark.

They have done a lot of work with Our Lady’s Orthopaedic Department, through a project called Straight Ahead.

Participants travelled by bus to Galway on Friday evening, in order to prepare for an early 6.30am wake up call and breakfast, before setting out on the road.

The crew praised all the “wonderful cyclists” on their return to Clondalkin Village on Sunday afternoon. “A huge congratulations to all those involved who gave their time and energy in making this great charity event happen for such a worthy cause.”

See this week’s Echo in shops now for a full picture page of the crew arriving back in Clondalkin. 

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