Around 40 ‘boys in blue’ completed a gruelling 270km cycle today to raise much-needed funds for seriously ill children.
The convoy left the Bridwell Garda Station in Dublin on Thursday and cycled all the way to the Bridewell Garda Station in Cork, arriving this evening.
They are hoping to raise tens of thousands of euro for Little Blue Heroes, a charity operated entirely by volunteers.
The charity was set up to help families in need in Ireland, who have children undergoing long-term medical treatment for serious illnesses.
Garda Barry Ryan, one of the participants in the charity cycle, said the name ‘Little Blue Heroes’ came about when they found that the children they support have a fascination with police uniform, equipment, and vehicles.
“This has even led some of the children to make a wish to become an honorary garda and become part of the Garda family. As heroes to us with the battles they face, these children have become our Little Blue Heroes,” Barry said.
The charity has no paid staff and the volunteers come from all ranks of Garda members, retired Garda members, their families, friends, and civic-minded people from many different communities.
The cyclists left the Bridewell Garda Station in Dublin at 9am on Thursday, travelling to Clane and Emo before overnighting in the Garda College, Templemore.
They set out from Templemore this morning, making rest stops at Cashel, Mitchelstown, and Watergrasshill before reaching the finish line at the Bridwell Garda Station in Cork City in the late afternoon.
This was the fifth year the station-to-station cycling fundraiser has been run.
Last year the cyclists raised over €18,000 for the Jack & Jill Foundation.
Each cyclist who took part in the latest fundraiser had to pay for their own accommodation and other expenses and each will raise a minimum of €200. “All funds raised will go directly to the Little Blue Heroes.
“This is our fifth charity cycle using this route and it has been hugely successful in the past, providing much-needed financial to various charities,” Barry said.