The ‘Fix Crumlin’ campaign to raise EUR8million required to carry out essential upgrading of the cardiac and cancer units at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin has moved up a gear with the announcement that two of Ireland’s greatest sporting legends – cyclist Stephen Roche and athlete Eamonn Coghlan – have come together to launch a new fundraising initiative under the appropriately-titled ‘Kilometres for Kids’.
‘Kilometres for Kids’ is a series of challenges in Ireland and overseas where, through sponsorship, participants will be directly translating their kilometres into vital funds required to ‘Fix Crumlin’ – providing state-of-the art facilities for seriously ill children.
Together, Stephen and Eamonn are inviting Irish cyclists, runners and walkers of all levels to join them in one or both of the following events – The Kilometres for Kids Cycling Challenge with Stephen Roche which takes place at Stephen’s cycling camp on the island of Mallorca from 6th – 13th October and The Kilometres for Kids New York City Marathon with Team Eamonn Coghlan from 1st – 7th November.
At Stephen’s Cycling Camp in Mallorca, participants will join cycling legend, Stephen Roche and his team for a week-long Cycling Challenge that will celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest years in Irish cycling history – 1987, when Stephen became only the second cyclist in history to win the Triple Crown of Victories – the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and the World Championship, all within the same year.
In ‘The Big Apple’, participants will team up with three-time Olympian and former world champion athlete, Eamonn Coghlan to run in the famed NYC Marathon which, this year, celebrates the 20th anniversary of Team Coghlan’s first involvement in what has become the world’s biggest marathon. Open to participants of all levels, those joining Eamonn’s team will have the option of running, jogging or walking through the five boroughs of New York City as they absorb the sights and sounds of the city.
Speaking at the launch, Stephen Roche commented “Kilometres for Kids is about ordinary people doing great things where no distance is too far to run, walk or cycle to help sick children. If you’re already active or looking to get fit, this is an ideal opportunity to get on your bike and ensure that the effort put in converts into urgent funds needed to fix the cramped outdated facilities at Crumlin”.
Echoing this comment, Eamonn Coghlan added, ‘the NYC marathon is a truly memorable event for runners and walkers of all levels. It’s all about being part of something that’s bigger than yourself while helping those who need it most. The NYC marathon is a truly international event with fundraisers from over 40 countries taking part. The sense of achievement you get is incredible which is why I’ve been involved for 20 years.
Further information, registration, fundraising ideas and sponsorship cards for both events can be accessed online at kilometresforkids.ie or by lo-call 1890 507508.