April 20, 2021

Saddle up: Enable Ireland asks people in Kilkenny to take Wheel 100 Challenge

Enable Ireland is asking the people of Kilkenny to take part in its Wheel 100 Challenge next month.

The challenge encourages participants to wheel 100 times in their own way and raise vital funds for the charity – either cycle, skate, wheel, scoot, push a walker or buggy!

It’s up to you whether you do 100 laps in your garden, 100m near your home or 100 km within your local area.

“We’re really excited to launch this challenge and we’re hoping people will have fun taking part,” Enable Ireland Board Member Diarmuid Duggan, who is a wheelchair user, said.

“The idea is that you don your wheels whether it’s a bike, scooter, wheelchair or roller skates and wheel 100 times. You could do 100 laps of your park or 100km locally over the course of the month.”

Like many charities, Enable Ireland has been significantly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“With fundraising events cancelled and our 21 charity shops closed we are facing a loss of up to €1.5million in funding,” Enable Ireland CEO John O’Sullivan said.

“Now more than ever, we need the public’s support to continue to provide our vital services to 8,500 children and adults across Ireland.”

The charity is encouraging families, sports enthusiasts, cycle clubs and anyone with a set of wheels to take part in this digital fundraising challenge.

A virtual ‘Wheel 100 Champions Wall’ for those who raise the most funds will be added to the Enable Ireland website www.enableireland.ie/wheel100.

If you would like to take on the Wheel 100 challenge and help raise vital funds for Enable Ireland, phone Trudy on 087 6868333 or email wheel100@enableireland.ie to sign up.

Pictured: Jack Macfarlane and his sister Emma who launched Enable Ireland’s Wheel 100 fundraising campaign.Pic: Gerard McCarthy

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