On Friday 22 September, the Ride4Life team once again donned their Lycra and in the ride’s seventh year, travelled to Ireland to complete a 133-mile route from Galway and along the Wild Atlantic Way in aid of Cancer Fund for Children.
The amount raised through the ride currently stands at a spectacular £11,900. In addition, ACT will be boosting donations to date to take the 2023 total to a spectacular £20,000.
This takes the overall funds that Ride4Life has raised over the past seven years to £80,000 for a host of different charities.
Funds from the 2023 ride will go towards a cause close to many colleagues’ hearts – and Arachas’ chosen charity for 2023 – Cancer Fund for Children, which supports children and their families from across the Emerald Isle. The charity have just begun the build of a second Daisy Lodge respite centre in County Mayo (and which the Ride4Life team cycled through on their route), which will provide therapeutic breaks. It is fitting that in the spirit of Ride4Life, the money raised will be used to purchase bikes for children and their families to use during their stay at Daisy Lodge to explore the beautiful surrounding area and spend quality time together.
A huge congratulations to this year’s team, this year coming from across all Ardonagh platforms and beyond:
Setting off from the Arachas Galway office at 5am, the team set off in the direction of Costelloe, taking in a beautiful sunrise on route.
The weather showed up in support of our riders – with the Irish sunshine joining as they rode through arguably the best scenery this event has had in its history.
As this year’s ride was in aid of Cancer Fund for Children, it was only right that the team headed to the site of the new Daisy Lodge centre in Cong, 40km north of Galway. The team were met with an incredibly warm welcome and were able to take in the stunning views of Lough Corrib before being joined by ACT Trustee, Ardonagh Business Development Manager and former Ireland Rugby Union Team Captain Rory Best and CEO of Cancer Fund for Children, Phil Alexander, on the final leg of the challenge.
As the time approached 5pm, Arachas Deputy CEO Joey Wynne, alongside members of the Arachas Galway team and colleagues from across Ardonagh, including CEO & ACT Trustee Derek Coles, were waiting to give the riders a warm welcome – and a well-earned pint of Guinness! The Mayor of Galway Eddie Hoare also stopped by to congratulate the team.
A huge congratulations to all riders – and everyone who supported, donated and got behind the team this year. You can still make a donation by visiting the Ride4Life Just Giving page.
If you would like to know more about the story of Ride4Life, its legacy or this year's ride (including some brilliant blog stories from along the team’s route!), head to the Ride4Life website or their Ride4Life 2023 Just Giving page.