BANK HOLIDAY CYCLE Pictured at the launch of the 11th Annual Greenway Cycle in aid of local Mayo Cancer Support centre, Rock Rose House, which takes place on Sunday, August 2, were, from left: Seamus Moran (Chairperson of Mayo Cancer Support), Agnes Cox, Christine Greavy, Trisha Greavy (Manager of Mayo Cancer Support), Niamh Kerrigan and John Tiernan (organiser). Pic: Michael McLaughlin
The annual Greenway cycle in aid of the Mayo Cancer Support centre, Rock Rose House, which this year takes place on Sunday, August 2, will commemorate the late Regina Duffy from Drummin. Regina died in December of 2019 after a brave battle with cancer that captured the imagination of the entire community. A huge fundraising campaign, titled ‘Regina’s fight for life’, raised a large sum of money in order for Regina to travel to the USA for treatment, and while recovering in 2019, Regina helped launch last year’s annual Greenway cycle.
Each year, the cycle is organised by Louisburgh native and cancer survivor, John Tiernan, who describes Rock Rose House as a place where ‘a light of hope can be given to people in a very dark place in their lives who are affected by a cancer diagnosis’.
“We are delighted to run this year’s event in memory of Regina, she was a great friend and supporter of Rock Rose House and she will always be fondly remembered by everyone involved in the organisation,” said John.
Mayo Cancer Support offers support to people affected by cancer and their families and friends in its main cancer support centre, Rock Rose House, Castlebar and also in its outreach services in Ballina and Achill.
Some of the services offered include a drop-in centre for information and advice and listening, telephone support professional counselling, therapies such as massage, reflexology and bio-energy, stress management/self-esteem courses, mindfulness, art therapy, therapeutic writing, yoga and a range of support groups. All services provided by Mayo Cancer Support are free of charge. Last year 1,994 people affected by cancer and their families throughout Mayo accessed the services provided by Mayo Cancer Support.
Trisha Greavy, General Manager of the organisation said: “The delivery of the services wouldn’t be possible without the goodwill and generosity of the public through donations, organising and supporting our fundraising events, which 90 percent of our funding relies on. All money raised in Mayo goes directly to the local cancer support centres in Mayo and we would like to sincerely thank everyone who supports our organisation so that we are able to continue to deliver the provision of services to people in Mayo affected by cancer and their families. This year, the current Covid-19 pandemic has had adverse financial implications for our organisation as well as many other charities delivering much needed services throughout the country and we are so grateful to John for organising this event each year.”
Registration for the cycle is €20 and will take place on Sunday, August 2, at 9am at Westport Leisure Centre and will depart at 10am to Tiernaur where refreshments will be served at Nevin’s Newfield Inn before cyclists return to Westport. Helmets are compulsory for all cyclists. There will be full compliance with current HSE guidelines during the cycle and the organisers would kindly ask everyone to respect social distancing rules.
Anyone who wishes to support the cycle can do so by donating online via www.mayocancer.ie or through Facebook using the GoFundMe Page.