A group of Intensive Care Unit doctors, nurses and staff from University Hospital Galway are on their bikes across the country in the ICU 4 U charity cycle to Dublin.
The 15 cyclists from UHG set off from Galway yesterday morning to cycle 252km across Ireland, in a two day trip that finishes in Phoenix Park today.
When they arrive in Dublin, the doctors, nurses, and staff from UHG will meet with others from around the country who set off from Belfast, Limerick, Cork and Waterford yesterday.
The charity cycle aims to give back to the patients and families of patients, relatives and others affected by the Covid-19 crisis, with a target of €100,000 to raise.
Dr Kevin Clarkson, Clinical Director at UHG explains, “We are part of the ICU 4 U charity cycle in aid of the charities ALONE, Breakthrough Cancer Research, ICU steps and AWARE.”
“We hope to raise €100,000 for those charities. We were not the heroes during COVID-19, the patients were and we hope to support them through this endeavour.”
Corporate sponsors for the event had already contributed €50,000, but tens of thousands of euro more in individual online donations have also been made.
As of the time of publication, the ICU 4 U Charity Cycle has reached €89,668 of its €100k target, and donations are open at www.idonate.ie/ICU4U until October 4.