Laurels Santa cycle is set to rock and roll
THE Laurels Santa Cycle event is ready to rock and roll again this week to raise awareness and funds for Headway (Brain Injury Services & Support).
This will be the Laurels ninth year doing the Santa Cycle.
Approximately 170 cyclists will be decked out in Santa outfits for the event, which starts at 4pm on Sunday, December 4, at the Laurels, in Clondalkin Village.
The route this year will be from the Laurels, to Corkagh Park, Liffey Valley, the Pennyhill in Lucan and back to the Laurels.
Before Covid, the Santa cycle was from the Phoenix Park to Clondalkin Village, and was extremely popular, with 600 cyclists involved at one point, but it may revert to that route in future years, depending on external forces.
The cost of taking part is €35 and this includes Santa suit, lights, and a complimentary pint in the bar.
Derek Cummins, a member of the Laurels Cycle Crew, said: “Following the unbelievable support from Galway to Dublin for the Laurels cycling event in September, from raffles and static cycles, we are certainly going to finish this year with our amazing Santa Cycle and heading for hitting €45,000 this year for Headway.
“We will be presenting the big cheque to Fiona Murphy (Headway CEO) after the Santa Cycle and then we can all celebrate together, an incredible achievement of what people can do to make a huge positive impact.”
The funds raised this year by the Laurels crew have enabled Headway to hire a psychiatrist, who will help Headway clients and family members.
Derek, a Clondalkin man who has benefited from the support of Headway to recover from a stroke at the age of 42, has been involved with the Laurels Cycle Crew for years.
“It is truly tremendous, and we are certainly pushing forward to hit the targets for our three-year partnership to raise a quarter of a million for Headway,” said Derek.