Cycle4Haiti will be Rallying through Athlone this May Bank Holiday Weekend

This May bank holiday weekend, cycling enthusiasts and novices alike will rally to the streets for Cycle4Haiti 2011, a 225km cycle from Dublin’s G.P.O. to Eyre Square, Galway which aims to raise €100,000 for the Soul of Haiti Foundation.

This year, a team of local cyclists from One Direct, based in Athlone, will lend their support by gearing up for the challenge.

The aim is to complete the two day cycle in a bid to double last year’s fundraising goal. The funds raised by Cycle4Haiti in 2010 went directly to support the development of Soul of Haiti Foundation projects including the provision of a brand new roof for an orphanage in Il a Vache.   

Leg one will lead the convoy through the towns of Leixlip, Maynooth, Kilcock, Enfield and Kinegad, where they will break to refuel and continue on through Kilbeggan and Moate before settling in Athlone for the night. Passers-by are encouraged to show their support and step out to cheer on the team as they spin through each town.

Leg two on Sunday will see the team rally on through Ballinasloe, Aughrim, Kilreekil, Loughrea, Craughwell, Oranmore and onwards to Galway where they will reach their final goal of Eyre Square.

A number of other well known businesses and familiar faces have shown their support by signing up to this year’s event including teams of novice cyclists from An Post, O2, Ernst and Young, Central Bank, Netwatch and Jacobs Fruitfield.

Michael Dawson, One4all CEO says “The level of support for Cycle4Haiti is phenomenal, it is really encouraging to see so many people getting involved this year. It is one small challenge that can help make a big difference to the lives of people in Haiti.”

Isolde Moylan of the Soul of Haiti Foundation; “We’re delighted to be working with One4all again this year on such a fantastic event. The enthusiasm and determination of the One4all team and the cyclists to help our efforts in Haiti is inspiring and we’re so grateful to everyone who is involved.”