On Sunday, May 3 local cyclists embark on one of their favourite days of the year – the annual Bundoran to Sally’s spin with proceeds going to the John McGirr Fund.
Launched in March 2010 the John McGirr Fund was set up in memory of the well-known local publican who died of prostate cancer in December 2009.The fund raises money to help with research into prostate cancer.
The Fund supports and runs a number of events each year, focused on raising funds for this worthy cause. Prostate cancer will affect up to 50% of all men over 80 with the risk increasing with age. Research is ongoing into cures and treatments for Prostate Cancer and funds are always required to support this work.
Oonagh McGirr spoke of her late husband’s fight against cancer and the high level of care that he received.
“ John was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004 and he received excellent support from his consultant and the team of professionals in the city hospital. Prostate cancer does not always receive the publicity of other cancers and it is for that reason a number of John’s friends decided to set up the Fund.”
Now in its fifth year the John McGirr Fund has promoted a number of events including a cycle from Mizen to Malin Head, the annual South West 200 and of course Bundoran to Sally.
Sally’s are one of main sponsors of the Omagh Wheelers CC and John was a keen cyclist; as a result of this Omagh Wheelers are always keen to play a big part in any John Mc Girr fund cycling event.
In 2011 The John McGirr Fund presented thirty thousand pounds to Dr Joe O’Sullivan, oncologist from City Hospital Belfast and head of Prostate Cancer Research at Queens University Belfast.
‘As a fund set up to raise money for prostate cancer research. I am happy that our efforts can make even the slightest difference to the lives of those people and families who are still battling with prostate cancer’ said Oonagh.
Any cyclists keen to support the John McGirr Fund get those bikes oiled, legs tanned and join Omagh Wheelers in Bundoran on Sunday 3rd and in Sally afterwards for refreshments and fun. The Peleton will depart Bundoran at 12.30pm. Bus leaves Sallys at 10am
Omagh Wheelers have also organised a event registration on Sunday 26th April from 12.30pm-1.30pm. The event costs £20 per person – this includes transport and refreshments.
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