Go-ho-ho and join a Santa Cycle for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital

by Rachel Darcy

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Get on your bike to get in the festive spirit with Ireland’s largest Santa Cycle, taking place in aid of Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin.

The event, co-founded by Damien Long and Denis McCarthy, returns this year to fundraise for the Children’s Hospital, illuminated by Christmas lights.

More than 500 people are expected to take part in the cycle, which encourages fundraisers to dress in their best Santa costumes to raise more than €1 million for some of Ireland’s sickest children.

The cycle will take place on December 2, leaving the Phoenix Park at 5pm. It’ll then pass through the city centre and past the hospital itself, before finishing up in The Laurels in Clondalkin.

The Laurels Cycle Crew – who arrange the annual cycle – previously won charity event of the year at the Irish Healthcare Awards in 2016.

The Cycle Crew is 10 years old, and have raised €930,000 so far for different charities, this year aiming to reach the €1 million mark with their fundraising efforts.

Co-founder Damien Long said: “We’re so excited for the Santa Cycle this year! We’re expecting more than 500 Santas to join us this year and to raise vital funds for an extremely important cause.

“It’s always such a lovely day and we’re calling on the public to join and support us for a day full of enjoyment, with one common goal – to do whatever it takes to help some of Ireland’s sickest children.”

The funds raised from the cycle will go directly to the Straight Ahead project, a medical support group affiliated with Our Lady’s Crumlin, which provides surgery, support and medical equipment for children with orthopaedic conditions, including scoliosis.

To take part in the fundraising cycle, participants can sign up on Eventbrite.ie.

It costs €30 to take part, and includes your Santa suit and Christmas lights.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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