A group of car salesmen are swapping four wheels for two to raise money for a Derry-based charity.
Cyclists of all abilities have joined up with the lads from James O’Hara Motors, Ballykelly, and JC Halliday and Sons, Eglinton to take part in the 200-mile challenge taking in Derry, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Sligo and Donegal next weekend.
The gruelling North West 200 Charity Cycle is all in aid of Derry-based global charity Children in Crossfire.
Eileen Warren, from the charity, is keen to recruit more participants ahead of the big off next Friday from Ramada Da Vinci’s Hotel, which is sponsoring the event along with City Sightseeing Tours.
She said; “Last year The North West 200 Cycle challenge was a fantastic success and raised almost £10,000 for our development programmes in Tanzania, Ethiopia and The Gambia.
“This enabled us to provide facilities where malnourished children have been fed, where children with cancer have survived and children with disabilities have been supported.
“The news that The O’Hara and Halliday families and friends will again support our work in 2013 by organising the second North West 200 cycle is of great encouragement .This event means we can continue our vital work helping some of the world most vulnerable children get a decent start in life. All we need now is you.”
One of the organisers, John Halliday, said;“This the fourth year we’ve taken on the challenge and we’re happy to support Children in Crossfire for the second time. The cycle will include cyclists of all abilities and anyone is welcome to join in.”
The first day will see the cyclists ride from Derry to Enniskillen staying in the Killyhevlin Hotel. Next day it’s off through Sligo to Donegal Town staying at the Abbey Hotel. On Sunday it’s back to Derry.
Shaun Heaney, who is taking part in the event, said he’s keen to support such a good cause.
“It’s a great charity. I’m looking forward to the three days, although I’m sure they won’t be easy!”
The fundraising goal for each participant is £299, which includes all meals and hotel accommodation plus a the aid of a full support team incorporating a support vehicle, first aid vehicle, pitstop vehicle and mechanic.
Places are still available to join the 200 mile cycle challenge. Contact Children in Crossfire on 0287129898 or email Eileen at firstname.lastname@example.org