A Derry dental student is gearing up for a gruelling 600km charity bike ride in aid of Ireland’s head, neck and mouth cancer charities.
David McReynolds, a third year student at the Dublin Dental Hospital, will be among a group of more than 30 cycling dentists from the hospital - known collectively as the Molar Rollers - who hope to raise around 50,000 euros by cycling from Dublin to London.
And the dental student hopes the Derry public will back his cause and come out in force for a special fundraising gig in Sandinos next Wednesday night.
The 19-year-old, who has been preparing for the marathon cycle for “about a year”, says he is eagerly looking forward to the nine day challenge.
“I’ve never done anything like this before,” David told the ‘Journal’ this week.
“An email went around the hospital about a year ago asking if anyone would like to get involved and I thought ‘yeah, why not?’.
“In the beginning I started cycling to college, and in and around Dublin. Soon enough I was cycling about 80km a day.”
Now David says, he’s cycling around 300kms per week.
Next week he hopes to complete 400kms as he gets ready for the Dublin to London challenge.
With the August 19 departure day looming ever closer, David hopes as many people as possible will come to the fundraiser in Sandinos.
Five of Derry’s best known bands - Fighting With Wire, Ard Ri, The Q, Futurechaser and Tillie& Henderson - are lined up to play.
“It’s a chance for people to come along and hear the best of local talent while also giving to a good cause,” David says.
“The financial bail out has seen so many cuts to health services. We hope to raise the funds so that people who have had head, neck or oral cancer still get the best post tumour care.”
All funds raised by the Molar Rollers support further projects by the Irish Mouth Cancer Awareness Programme and other mouth cancer related projects.
Admission to the fundraiser in Sandinos on Wednesday, August 10 is £5. Doors open at 8pm.