A group of @official GAA Croke Park staff, including Ard Stiúrthóir Tom Ryan and Head of Communications Alan Milton, will undertake a ’stationary’ Cycling Challenge this weekend to raise much-needed funds for frontline staff in the local Mater Hospital. The group will attempt to cover 630km – the distance from Malin Head to Mizen Head – within 24 hours using their turbo trainers and bike computers from the safety of their own homes.

 

Donegal, “virtually”, will be the starting point for the initiative with the first cyclist setting off from Malin at 7.00 am on Saturday morning May 2 for the first of three stages with each cyclist (there are eight in total) being challenged to complete 26 km in each of their one-hour stints. It ends “virtually” at Mizen head at 7.00 am on Sunday May 3.

 

Raising funds and awareness for Croke Park’s neighbour (The Mater Foundation) is the aim of the venture, and the act of cycling at home will hopefully renew the importance of the ‘Stay At Home’ message that GAA has supported since the outbreak of the current pandemic. You can support this cause by:

  1. By giving whatever you can using the ‘Give Now’ button via the below link.
  2. The more people that know about The Mater Foundation, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing the below link with your friends and family.
  3. Please interact with the event on social media via the Croke Park and GAA channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc.).

https://give.everydayhero.com/ie/gaa-stay-the-distance-malin-to-mizen-indoor-charity-cycle

The beneficiary of this campaign is the Mater Public Hospital. Donations will support patient care for Covid-19, as well as care for other life-threatening conditions like heart disease and cancer. They will help to provide vital medical equipment to support frontline staff, such as ultrasound machines for monitoring Covid-19 in the lungs, and bronchoscopy stacks needed for cancer surgery.

On the front line….Niamh Cleary (left) and Aoife McGiveney working in the Mater Hospital in the fight against Covid-19.