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Take a Summer Cycle in aid of Croí and help people living with heart disease and stroke

Help people at risk of heart disease and stroke this year with the ‘My Summer Cycle for Croí’ charity event taking place this August Bank Holiday Weekend.

Join Croí supporters including Jim Crowley, heart specialist  at Galway University Hospital, former Galway hurling star, Ollie Canning, and cycling clubs across the country for a cycle to raise funds in support of those affected by heart disease and stroke.

Now typically, these charity cycles are massive group affairs, with hundreds or thousands of cyclists packing the streets along a single route.

But this year, to keep safe even as coronavirus restrictions ease, cyclists taking park are asked to keep a safe distance and cycle their favourite local route this August Bank Holiday weekend in aid of Croí. 

Prof Crowley says the summer cycle is a “great event to raise much-needed funds for Croí as it supports people living with heart disease and stroke, especially during these difficult times.”

“And it’s great to get out on the bike, bring the family and cycle in support of your own heart health!”

Registration is a €25 donation to Croí, and cyclists are encouraged to try and fundraise at least €1 for every kilometre cycled. All registrants receive a special Croí Summer Cycle neck snood.

“Bring your family, friends or team mates together for Croí’s Summer Cycle – all ages and cycling abilities are welcome to take part and help us raise much-needed funds to support our work in fighting heart disease and stroke,” says Christine Flanagan, Croí’s Director of Fundraising. 

Croí is facing an unprecedented challenge – people living with heart disease and stroke are most at risk if affected by COVID-19 and they need Croí’s support services more than ever.

Funds raised will directly support the Croí Heartlink West programme, which is a ‘free of charge’ support service for heart and stroke patients and their caregivers, providing direct access to the Croí specialist health team.

“Here at Croí, we rely on our own fundraising activities as we are not state-funded, and with the cancellation of so many of our events this year, we are appealing for support with this event.”

“Last year we celebrated 25 years of the Croí cycle… this year is going to be different, but we ask that you still cycle for Croí – your distance, your route, your way!,” says Flanagan.

So put on your favourite cycling jersey and head off on your favourite route for a Summer Cycle in aid of Croí this August long weekend. You can share pictures of your cycle online by tagging Croí @croiheartstroke. 

Learn more about the cycle and register now at www.croi.ie/mysummercycle

Briain Kelly
Email: news@galwaydaily.com
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