On yer (old) bike to battle motor neurone disease

It’s time to drag out that rusting old bike that has lain forgotten in the garden shed, most likely under lots of other clutter accumulated over the decades.

Dusted down and well oiled for the roads, two-wheelers from the distant past are being brought out for a novel High Nellie fundraiser on behalf of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Those taking part in the event at Lissivigeen, Killarney, on Sunday, June 24, will be required to wear period costume from the 1950s and 1960s.

There will also be a loop walk in conjunction with the cycle, with prizes for the best-dressed men and women.

Last year, the Kerry friends of IMNDA raised more than €50,000.

About 300 people have the neuro-degenerative disease nationally, including 15 in Co Kerry.

IMNDA spends €1m annually, of which 20% comes from the HSE. The balance has to be collected through fundraising activities.

The programme will also include musical entertainment at Darby O’Gill’s outside Killarney, a tug-of-war, and children’s events.

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