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Kavanagh Group charity cycle to become an annual event

The cyclists make their way down James Street.
ON THEIR WAY The cyclists make their way down James Street.

Huge success means Kavanagh Group charity cycle to become an annual event

Neill O’Neill


THE Clew Bay Pipe Band led over 250 competitive and leisure cyclists out of Westport last Saturday morning, as the Kavanagh’s SuperValu ‘Help Us to Help Others’ Cycle challenge in aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice got under way.
Launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, with the aid of injured Mayo football captain Andy Moran and Mayo Rose Derbhla Kenny, the event saw cyclists traverse most of south, central and west Mayo in what was the biggest event to date in the 2012 fundraising campaign for Mayo/Roscommon Hospice, which was begun by staff and management of The Kavanagh Group earlier this year.
The Wyatt Hotel in Westport was a hive of activity on Saturday and the streets were buzzing with atmosphere, such was the response from the crowds gathered in support of the cyclists.
Local comedian Frankie Ford ensured that all the participants were sent off on their challenge in good humour and in high spirits. 
The cyclists - competing in two categories according to their ability - took in Castlebar, Kiltimagh, Claremorris and Newport, where they were greeted by hordes of enthusiastic well-wishers who lined the streets. Joining the management, staff and customers of Kavanaghs’s four Mayo stores were past Mayo footballers, Mid-west Radio presenters Angelina McHugh and David Cawley, 2012 Mayo Rose Derbhla Kenny and National Junior Cycling Champion Liam Corocran. Along the route of the challenge, cyclists were kept hydrated by SuperValu staff who manned refreshment points.
Speaking after welcoming all the cyclists back to the Wyatt Hotel on Saturday, Noreen Coyne, HR Manager for The Kavanagh Group, said a huge thank you to all involved in the cycle. “Without the great efforts, commitment and unwavering dedication of the staff, management and customers of our four stores, this event would not be possible,” she said, adding, “due to the success of today’s event, we are delighted to announce that the Kavanagh’s SuperValu ‘Help Us to Help Others’ Cycle Challenge will become an annual event.”
Alongside all the fundraising events, The Kavanagh Group will make a donation to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice with every real rewards swipe throughout their Mayo stores until October. Donations can still be made for the Cycle Challenge on line at www.mycharity.ie.