Thursday, December 19, 2019

THE organising committee and volunteers of the Version 1 Leinster Loop made a cheque presentation to Paul Earley, board member of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute for €17,000 from funds raised from the 2019 event in St Laurence’s complex on Friday 6 December.

Kindly hosted by community complex chair Anne Glynn, the presentation was also attended by Jarlath Dooley of Version 1, the event’s headline sponsor; and another event sponsor Ray Whelan of Ray Whelan Waste Management, Carlow.  The support of Ger and Annette Roche of Vista Pharmacy, Naas; Australian engineering firm Civmec plc and Syl Merrins of the Kildare Sports Partnership was also acknowledged.

Paul Earley thanked the Leinster Loop for its tremendous work for breast cancer research over the years, which has now raised €115,000 for the Institute.

Committee member volunteers Des Henry, Brendan Tallon, Ray Whelan (event sponsor), Joe Doolan, Sean Conroy, Esther Tallon, Paul Earley (NBCRI board member), Matt Doyle, Pat Hassett and Jarlath Dooley (event sponsor Version 1) (left to right)

Paul explained the importance of fund-raising events such as the Leinster Loop to its vital research work. He also emphasised the good corporate governance practices of the Institute which mean that all board members act in a voluntary capacity and receive no payment or expense reimbursement for their work. This means all funds raised go directly to breast cancer research. The National Breast Cancer Research Institute-funded research team collaborates with many universities internationally and is currently working with the University of Arizona and recently with the Mayo Clinic. The charity is also part of Precision Oncology Ireland, an €11.9 million research collaboration in the field of Precision Oncology. It unites the top cancer research experts in Ireland, the leading cancer charities, and companies at the cutting edge of diagnostics and drug discovery. It is a consortium of five Irish Universities, six Irish Cancer Charities, including the National Breast Cancer Research Institute, and ten companies; and aims to develop new diagnostics and therapeutics for personalised cancer treatment.

The Version 1 Leinster Loop too is an entirely voluntary undertaking and the ten Leinster Loop to date have raised over €354,599 for Breast Cancer Research and St Laurence’s Community Complex, Narraghmore. The event has been nominated Cycling Ireland’s best leisure cycling event six times, including again in 2019 and attracts cyclists from all over Ireland and overseas.

Brendan Tallon thanked all volunteers involved in the Leinster Loop, and especially the outgoing committee of Barry Deay, Brendan Gaynor, Colette Henry, Des Henry, Dominic Keatley, Esther Tallon, Joe Doolan, Jon Brien, Matt Doyle, Nerilie Duffey, Pat Hassett, Sandra Doolan and Sean Conroy for their outstanding work, dedication and commitment to the Leinster Loop over the past ten years.  The success of the Leinster Loop is due in no small part to their volunteerism and commitment.  It is no coincidence the event has been nominated Cycling Ireland’s best leisure cycling event six times, including again in 2019 and is the most nominated sportive in the history of Cycling Ireland.  Over 13,000 cyclists have participated in the Leinster loop.

Brendan introduced the incoming chair of the Leinster Loop voluntary organising committee Jarlath Dooley, who outlined plans for the 2020 event and congratulated the outgoing committee on its brilliant work over ten years.

The 2020 Version 1 Leinster Loop will take place on Sunday 28 June 2020, and includes routes of 145 kms, 100 kms and 55 kms.  In addition, on Saturday evening 27 June there will be the ever-popular family fun 12 km cycle and a 25 km local history cycle.  Entry to the Sunday cycles is by on-line registration only and entries are capped.  Full details and entry can be found on and on social media.

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