Sandymount Dodder Wheelers is aiming to raise transformation funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (www.imnda.ie) at its September 4 club charity sportive.
What prompted us to consider IMNDA is that some of us are friendly with a former cyclist, Denis Cagney, who lives in
Sandymount and who was diagnosed with MND over two years ago. Registration is now open in the sportive section of the booking sheet where members can select a preferred distance of 50, 100, 150 or 200km.
The routes are similar to last year and it is envisaged that we will be cycle in groups of 10 approximately, keeping in mind the different levels within the club. Emergency support will be provided on the day by Christine’s husband, John.
On our return to Sandymount Green, there will be an awards ceremony and social event. Denis plans to be present at this event. Everyone registering is asked to contribute a minimum of €10 to our charity partner.
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive neurological condition in which the nerves that control voluntary muscles stop working. It is a very challenging condition that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting. MND is progressive and debilitating disease for which there is presently no cure.
The services provided by the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association are absolutely vital to families such as Denis’s whose lives have been dramatically affected by Motor Neurone Disease. It is a small organisation that depends heavily on fundraising and donations which make up 85% of its income so it is always grateful for any fundraising
Last year, Sandymount Dodder Wheelers raised an incredible €5751 for DEBRA Ireland. Let’s see if we can match or improve on that this year for IMNDA. While €10 is the minimum contribution, we hope that, with financial support from our families and friends, Sandymount Dodder Wheelers can raise substantial funds which will provide families of those who live with MND with a better quality of life.
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