Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Rugby star gets on his bike for cancer charity challenge

STEPHEN FERRIS SWAPS RUGBY FOR CYCLING TO GO THE EXTRA MILE FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER Ulster and Ireland rugby star, Stephen Ferris swapped his rugby shirt for a cycling jersey for CLIC Sargents Malin to Mizen Cycle Challenge and asks you to go the extra 415 miles for children and young people with cancer. Stephen is calling on cyclists to take on the ultimate Irish cycle challenge from Irelands most northerly point, Malin Head to Mizen Head in the south. The seven day event will take place from 18-25 May 2013, is open to everyone and will see participants take on this legendary challenge which takes you through stunning Irish countryside. In fact, CLIC Sargent is hosting an information morning on Saturday 17th November so you get some inspiration and encouragement from like minded people! Come along to hear more from industry experts, fundraising tips and advice and how all funds raised can help a family when their child is diagnosed with cancer. For more information on the venue or to register your interest, please call CLIC Sargent on 028 9072 5780 or email gemma.mccallan@clicsargent.org.uk

Rugby star Stephen Ferris has swapped his rugby shirt for a cycling jersey to urge Belfast Telegraph readers to go the extra mile for a children’s cancer charity.

The Ireland and Ulster rugby star has thrown his weight behind CLIC Sargent’s Malin to Mizen Cycle Challenge which takes to the road in May next year.

The event is challenging participants to cycle 415 gruelling miles from Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head in Co Donegal, south to Mizen Head in Co Cork.

The ride takes place over seven days from May 18-25 next year. It’s open to everyone and will take cyclists through stunning countryside.

Cash raised through the event will be donated to the cancer charity’s Homes From Home Appeal which aims to build new respite centres for families dealing with childhood cancer.

Earlier this week the Belfast Telegraph launched a Christmas Appeal to raise £50,000 towards the overall Homes From Home total of £3.7m needed.

The funds are needed to build two respite homes within walking distance of treatment centres at the Royal Hospital and the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital.

They will offer a sanctuary to families close to where their child is undergoing treatment for cancer.

Urging supporters to saddle up to contribute to the appeal, Ferris highlighted the lengthy journey many families across Northern Ireland face when a child is undergoing cancer treatment.

“On average, families in Northern Ireland have to travel 95 miles, up to five times a week, to access the cancer treatment they need for their sick child,” he said.

“It’s 415 miles from Malin Head to Mizen Head; which is much less than the journey many families make every week. This thought will definitely help spur everyone on as they train for the challenge.

Teresa Sloan, appeal director at CLIC Sargent, said: “Our aim is to build two Homes From Home close to the two main Belfast hospitals so that we can ease the financial and emotional burden on families at an already difficult time. All of the money raised through this event will go towards making that happen.

“The Malin to Mizen challenge is just one of many examples of how you can get involved with CLIC Sargent to support children and young people with cancer.

“Our partnership with the Belfast Telegraph opens up a whole range of easy ways for readers to make donations and get involved this Christmas. Readers could host their own cake sale at work, a coffee morning with friends at home or a non-uniform day at school.

“With the help of the Belfast Telegraph we can make our Homes from Home a reality and ease that burden on local families.”

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