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Local church leaders appeal for people to ‘get on your bikes’

From left to right, Bishop Donal McKeown, Rev Peter Murray, Liam Milligan, Phelim McBrearty, Bishop Ken Good, Rev Lindsay Blair & Fr Michael Canny show their support for the 'Tour de Foyle'.

From left to right, Bishop Donal McKeown, Rev Peter Murray, Liam Milligan, Phelim McBrearty, Bishop Ken Good, Rev Lindsay Blair & Fr Michael Canny show their support for the 'Tour de Foyle'.

 

The leaders of Derry’s churches want people to ‘get on their bikes’ and come together to participate in the ‘Tour de Foyle’ charity cycle event on Saturday August 23.

The event is being planned by the North West Methodist Mission and the Churches Trust and is supported by the Irish Churches Peace Project which is funded by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

The event involves encouraging cyclists to undertake a scenic lap of Lough Foyle (50 miles approximately).

Leaving St Columb’s Park, participants will cycle to Magilligan and after a brief ‘pit stop’ will then board the Ferry across to Greencastle.

The route will then take them back to the city crossing the Peace Bridge before arriving at the finish in St Columb’s Park.

Building on the excitement generated by the Giro de Italia earlier this year and the growing trend towards getting fit and healthy living, the idea is simply to bring people together from all of the communities across the city and beyond in a united effort to raise some funding for two very worthy local causes.

It is a fun event and open to everyone from the beginner to the more experienced cyclist alike, with the main emphasis on taking part.

To encourage wider participation from all ages, the event will also include a ‘Family Fun Cycle’ within St Columb’s Park and this will begin at 11am.

Families are encouraged to bring a picnic and, when they have finished their cycle, enjoy having this together whilst awaiting the arrival back into the park of those participating in the bigger ‘Tour De Foyle’.

All of the monies raised throught the ‘Tour de Foyle’ event will go towards helping local homeless people and a local foodbank.

Register now at www.tourdefoyle.co.uk and for further details check https://www.facebook.com/tourdefoyle

 

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