The star of a Golden Globe nominated Irish film is getting on his bike to raise vital funds for a national housing and homelessness charity.
Best known for his roles in Sing Street and RTÉ hit series Kin, Crumlin native Ben Carolan will be taking part in the Peter McVerry Trust Cycle 2023 on Saturday, September 16.
The cycle will feature two new loop routes, which will begin and end at Leopardstown Racecourse.
The event, suitable for cyclists of all abilities, offers participants the opportunity to take on the thrilling 125km Leopardstown Loop or the scenic 70km Sally Gap route.
The young actor intends to take on the 126km Leopardstown Loop on September 16.
“I have been looking for an Irish homeless charity to work with and support and who better to work with than Peter McVerry Trust,” said Mr Carolan.
“It has been an absolute institution in Ireland for 40 years now. I wanted to get involved and raise money.
“I was lucky to have a happy upbringing, with a Mam and Dad who supported me and pushed me to do what I wanted to do.
“As I grow older, I realise how privileged I was to have those simple things. Not everyone has that stable background, so I wanted to give back. I’m delighted to be doing the cycle. It’s my first long cycle, I’m looking forward to it.”
“We’re delighted to launch our annual Peter McVerry Trust cycle with Ben, he’s a fantastic ambassador for the event,” added Louise Sherwin, Head of Fundraising at Peter McVerry Trust.
“He understands the significance of the work that Peter McVerry Trust does each and every day, and will be an active participant in the cycle to showcase that support.
“This year we are launching two new loop routes and are excited to move to a new venue at Leopardstown Racecourse. The event will finish with a BBQ, live music and lots of activities to keep the children entertained.
“We’re calling on the Irish public to jump on their bikes and take part in the Peter McVerry Trust Cycle 2023. Your support will help us in our ongoing work to support individuals and families throughout the country, whether through our many services or by giving more people a place to call home.”
The event is open to cyclists of all abilities, aged 16 and over, and registration is now open. All funds raised will go towards Peter McVerry Trust’s work to support people impacted by homelessness across Ireland.
To register for the event, visit: www.pmvtrust.ie/cycle/