Duffy and soccer stars to saddle up and raise funds for autism

Boyzone star Keith Duffy is set to saddle up alongside legends from Manchester United and cycle the length of Ireland to raise funds for autism.

The father of two, whose 12-year-old daughter Mia has autism, will be joined by Cork native Denis Irwin, Brian McClair, Clayton Blackmore, and David May on the “Big Red Bike Ride”.

The singer, who has been a tireless campaigner for autism over the last decade, will pedal over 900km from Mizen Head in Cork to Malin Head in Donegal in just four days, in aid of Autism Ireland.

“I am cycling from the southerly most point in the country to the northerly most point. It’s about 600 miles. We are doing it over four days,” said Duffy.

“We have 100 people from Manchester and 100 people from Ireland. It’s in relationship with the Manchester United Foundation. We are getting a lot of ex-players to do legs on the trip.

“I hope to do the whole lot myself. We are just looking for people to join us from Mizen to Malin. Last year we cycled from Geneva to Monte Carlo it was great fun,” he said.

Speaking on The Ray D’Arcy Show yesterday, Duffy said he has become close to Paul Scholes in recent years as they both have autistic children.

The actor also admitted he does not enjoy the gruelling runs and Iron Man challenges he puts his body through for charity. “It’s not enjoyable. It’s very hard on the body but I do it for the charity.”

* www.autismireland.ie


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