Dun Laoghaire couple cycle 750km in France for charity

by Rebecca Ryan

A Dun Laoghaire couple have just cycled 750km from Paris to Nice for charity.

Brett Meyers and girlfriend, Eimear Fox took to their bikes with seven other friends from Dublin in aid of emergency relief with World Vision Ireland.

The money raised will go towards bicycles for community health workers in Busia, Uganda, supporting World Vision’s vital health and nutrition programmes in rural African communities.

Brett,46, a technology start-ups mentor, took part in the event for the second time, and told Dublin Gazette he even roped his girlfriend into doing it this time around!

“Doing Paris2Nice in 2015 was life-changing for me. I raised a lot of money for charity, met loads of new people, had a great time, and the health benefits have been amazing.

“I’ve kept up the cycling ever since, and also got my girlfriend Eimear into it a couple of years ago, so that we could go on cycling trips together. I’ve also lost three stone since 2015! 

“This year seemed like a good time to do it again and my girlfriend wanted to do it as well.”

Brett shared some of his highlights of the cycle. 

“The six days are all amazing, you see some amazing countryside and beautiful towns, meet loads of great people, some of which ended up being friends for life.

“The amount raised for the charities is really quite amazing, hundreds of thousands every year.

“I guess one highlight would be the final day, as you cycle from Sainte Maxime to Nice with views of the sea and finish up on the Promenade, with family and friends cheering!

“I can honestly say it’s one of the best things I’ve ever been involved in, and each year, I encourage friends to join up and get training and fundraising,” said Brett.

World Vision Ireland is recruiting 20 new people of all cycling abilities to do the Paris2Nice cycle next year.

For more information, interested cyclists should go to www.worldvision.ie or contact challenge@wveu.org

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