This weekend nine people from Sligo are cycling 400kms from Sligo to Dublin and back to raise money for Sligo Cancer Support Centre.
When Amy Hampson from Ransboro heard this she asked her friends coming to her 12th birthday party on Saturday not to bring her any presents but to bring a donation for the charity cycle.
The following evening she arrived at the home of fellow Ransboro resident Con Lee, one of those taking part in the cycle this Friday and Saturday, with an envelope containing €166.
“I was very touched when she arrived at my door on Sunday evening with the money”, Con told the Sligo Weekender.
“I thought it was a fantastic gesture for a 12 year-old, not many would think of donating their birthday money to charity. She is a very special girl to do such a thing.”
Con, who retired last year after many years as a garda in Sligo, is being joined on the cycle by Willie O’Neill, Dominick Quinn, Tom Heneghan, Conor Jordan, John Prunty, Sean Calligy, Rose Tully and Kevin McMorrow. Gary Cycles has given a support van, which will be driven by Peter O’Neill.
They leave the Sligo Park Hotel on Friday morning at 8am and hope to arrive back to the Glasshouse Hotel around 5-6pm on Saturday evening.
Con said he had set a target of raising €5,500 from the cycle. “We already reached that and there is money still coming. I want to thank everyone for their donations and support.”
Anybody who would like to donate can do so online at www. everydayhero.com/ie