Mizen Head to Malin Head challenge raises thousands for Jigsaw

Robert Kavanagh and a group of cyclists who cycled from Mizen Head to Malin Head raising �10,231.31 which they presented to Jigsaw Donegal accepted by Sean McGrory, Project Manager. Also included at back are from left, cyclists Mark McGranaghan, Ciaran Devine, Wesley Moore, Cathal Wilson, Emma Coyle, Admin. Jigsaw Donegal, Paul Harris, sponsors Jonathan Leckey, Flemming Agri Products,�Adrian Wilson�(cyclist), John Margy and Adrian Doherty, Rite Price Cars and Gabriel Duffy, Top Oil. Missing from photographs James Gallagher from the Oasis Bar and Kyle Toner, logistics Manager.
Robert Kavanagh and a group of cyclists who cycled from Mizen Head to Malin Head raising �10,231.31 which they presented to Jigsaw Donegal accepted by Sean McGrory, Project Manager. Also included at back are from left, cyclists Mark McGranaghan, Ciaran Devine, Wesley Moore, Cathal Wilson, Emma Coyle, Admin. Jigsaw Donegal, Paul Harris, sponsors Jonathan Leckey, Flemming Agri Products,�Adrian Wilson�(cyclist), John Margy and Adrian Doherty, Rite Price Cars and Gabriel Duffy, Top Oil. Missing from photographs James Gallagher from the Oasis Bar and Kyle Toner, logistics Manager.
  • A group of seven cyclists set out on a 640km journey over three days from Mizen Head to Malin Head
  • They raised over 10,000 euro for Jigsaw Donegal
  • Jigsaw Donegal is an exciting, innovative youth mental health service, which has a county wide brief.
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A three-day Mizen Head to Malin Head mission has raised 10,000 euro for Jigsaw, Donegal.

On Friday 28th August this year, a group of seven cyclists set out on a 640km journey over three days from Mizen Head to Malin Head in Donegal.

Having completed this challenge last year in five days, their mission this time was to finish it in three and again to raise money in the process for Jigsaw Donegal.

Robert Kavanagh, spokesman for the group said: “The boys have worked extremely hard and organised several fund raising activities, the first of which was a sponsored cycle by the staff of Fleming Agri Products in Derry.

“We organised another fun cycle in Inishowen in July under the banner of Four Masters Cycling Club and North Pole Cycling Club. We had a very successful charity car wash for the second year running at Sweeney’s Service Station, Ballyraine in conjunction with Top Oil. Lurgybrack National school donated the proceeds of their annual cake sale while St Eunan’s College donated the proceeds of three fundraising events to the cause. Newton GAA Club ran a pub quiz night and kindly donated their pot for the night. Eamonn McGlynn Depot Manager at Irish Pride Bakeries presented Jigsaw with a generous donation on behalf of the company and finally we had three bags packs and two door collections at Dunnes Stores and Tesco. “

The cyclists, who included Cathal Wilson (North Pole) along with Four Masters riders Robert Kavanagh, Paul Harris, Adrian Wilson, Wesley Moore and Ciaran Devine and Mark McGranaghan, aimed to raise as much money as possible for Jigsaw.

They did so and recently presented a cheque to the organisation for 10, 231 euro and 31 cents.

Robert continued to thank the following who helped to ensure the event was a success He said: “We would like to thank our main contributors, Right Price Cars Ireland, The Oasis Bar Letterkenny. Fleming Agri-Products New Buildings Derry and Top Oil Ireland. We would also like to thank Liam Doherty of Sean Doherty Fruit and Veg for providing the support Van’ We would also like to thank all those who donated spot prizes to the various fundraisers and also a special thanks to all those who helped in any way at our various fundraising events. Fundraising is a tough job in the current climate and everyone gave so generously of their time.”

He continued: “We would like to extend a special thanks to the general public for donating their hard earned cash at all the various events we held. Without you the figure would not have been achieved. I can speak on behalf of the group when I say we would all like to thank our wives and partners for making it possible for us to undertake this journey.

“I would personally like to thank the six other cyclists and our driver Kyle Toner who undertook this trip with me. We had a great trip and as a sign of our gratitude to all those who helped (especially my wife Linda) and contributed in any way we are going to do it again next year except this time we are going to do it in two days! ‘See you on the road.”

Jigsaw Donegal is an exciting, innovative youth mental health service, which has a County wide brief. Their mission is to transform the landscape of Donegal in terms of how we understand, talk about youth mental health and support young people with mental health needs.

Since opening in November 2012 Jigsaw Donegal has experienced a massive demand for the service with over 1098 young people being referred to the one-to-one services alone.

Sean McGrory, Project Manager, Jigsaw Donegal said: “I would sincerely like to thank Robert and his team for their amazing efforts, their support continues to ensure that when young people in Donegal are struggling, we are there to give them the support they need, when and where they need it.”

For more information on Jigsaw Donegal or if you wish to fundraise on behalf of Jigsaw Donegal please visit their website on www.jigsaw.ie/donegal or call them on 074 9726920.