Damien McKay of HD McKay raised almost €1,200 for children with special needs, by taking part in the Ring of Clare Cycle, which took place in Ennis, Co. Clare at the weekend.
Over 2,000 cyclists took part in the 160km event, and Damien says he was delighted that the total amount he raised was more than double his original target of €500.
“I did it for charity and thanks to everyone who donated I managed to raise nearly €1200.00. The charity I sponsored is Clare Crusaders which is a clinic for children with special needs. The clinic was set up in 2007 by a mum of a daughter with cerebral palsy as she couldn’t get support from the Health Service.”
Damien is now taking a well-deserved rest after the gruelling cycle challenge, which came just one month after he completed the Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra 555km, at the end of June.
The Ring of Clare cycle covered the Loop Head peninsula and the Shannon Estuary waters, taking in some of Clare’s best known local cycling landmarks.
Damien says he was delighted to do the cycle for The Clare Crusaders Children’s Clinic, and says they do some great work:
1. It provides free therapy and specialist treatment to over 350 children with special needs.
2. Is a self-financing service.
3. The Clinic receives NO state funding.
4. It must raise over €250,000 per annum to provide the current level of therapy for children.
5. The Clinic was opened in 2007 thanks to the dedication and hard work of a group of parents to overcome the lack of publicly available treatment for children with autism and cerebral palsy. It was a community response to the lack of access to services that children with disabilities need in order to meet their potential.
6. They now have 9 staff members delivering approximately 200 hours of therapy per week, catering for over 40% of children in County Clare with special needs.
7. The Clinic is managed on a voluntary basis
8. They do not charge for access to the therapists to ensure that anyone can access our supports.