Brain injury charity to benefit from cycle tour

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The An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo is an opportunity for the charity Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABII) to raise vital funds for their work rehabilitating people with brain injury and warning the public of the danger.

LAUNCH: Members of ABII and Sligo Sports and Recreation Partnership were welcomed to the Mayor’s Parlour on March 18 to launch their fundraising drive and monster raffle.
LAUNCH: Members of ABII and Sligo Sports and Recreation Partnership were welcomed to the Mayor’s Parlour on March 18 to launch their fundraising drive and monster raffle.

The tour – which comprises 60k, 100k and 160k routes – takes place over the May Bank Holiday weekend, but earlier this month members of ABII were welcomed into the Mayor’s parlour at City Hall by Mayor of Sligo Cllr Thomas Healy to kick-start their fundraising efforts.

ABII will not receive funding directly from the entry fees from the cycle, but they are hoping that many of the cyclists taking part will fundraise in advance of the cycle. Fundraising cards are available from the ABII office at 2 Race Court Manor, Tonaphubble, Sligo or by calling 071-9153472 or e-mailing toboyle@abiireland.ie The ABII will also be holding a monster raffle.

“ABII depend heavily on fundraising to maintain the service and we are delighted to have been chosen as the charity to benefit from the An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo cycle this year,” said Teresa O’Boyle, the Local Services Manager for ABII.

“Being the chosen charity for the An Post cycle involves us coming up with creative ways of optimising on this opportunity to our best advantage to raise as much funding as possible for the local service in Sligo, Leitrim and west Cavan.

“One of the strategies we have decided to pursue is to sell raffle tickets for prizes.  We have secured fantastic raffle prizes from  businesses, services and organisations all over Sligo and Leitrim.”

She continued: “Often referred to as a ‘Hidden Disability’, brain injury affects every person differently however unfortunately and very often, brain injury changes people’s lives and the lives of their families significantly. Our services provide rehabilitation to those directly affected by brain injury and also provide support to their families.”
The raffle tickets will also be available from the ABII office and on the day of the tour.

TextAhead of the An Post Yeats Tour, there is another charity cycle, a 40km Lough Gill event, taking place this weekend which will also benefit the ABII. The cycle is on Sunday, April 3 and starts from Sligo Racecourse.

Registration is at 9am (entry is €20) and the cycle starts at 10am.

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